One of the first tasks of disaster management is to listen to those affected. When the pandemic forced courses online, I turned to my students to adapt the program in a way that would work for them.
Students who struggled at school can flourish in further education colleges.
Those who don't fit the model of typical 'imagined students' can lose out.
The federal government must take a stronger leadership role to ensure the many bodies that co-ordinate employment training programs are sharing information to develop best practices.
Adult education should never be seen as a luxury.
Three federal public policy changes impacting employed and contingent workers could significantly buffer anticipated impacts of automation, Artificial Intelligence and a changing economy.
It's common knowledge that children are voracious learners but the famous cliche suggests that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. This simply isn't true.
A few notable successes, but could do better.
Beware the security creep into adult education.
Ghana's universities are working hard to bring in more students – including those who can't afford to study full time and want good quality distance learning options.
As the post-war generation retire, they're keen to keep learning.
Flexible learning and teaching can help those who want to study while working. It requires structural changes and attitude shifts within universities and companies whose employees want to study.
Funding cuts of up to 24% for adult education should provoke a re-imagining of how it is organised.