Partner, Learn Capital
"Lifelong Learning is the practice of continuing to learn throughout one’s life, especially outside of or after completing formal schooling."
Lifelong learning is the practice of continuing to learn throughout one’s life, especially outside of or after completing formal schooling. It can be pursued for many reasons, such as to acquire new skills for one’s job or hobby or simply for personal fulfillment. There is a growing trend toward recognizing skills irrespective of how they were acquired, whether in an academic setting, on the job, or through leisure. National qualifications frameworks increasingly recognize diverse paths to skills acquisition and governments in emerging markets have put in place mechanisms for the recognition of prior learning.
Many of the fastest-growing EdTech players globally are trying to respond to the very significant business opportunity that lifelong learning presents, aiming to serve students from ‘cradle to grave’. New business models and concepts are shaping the future of education: business-to-consumer, business-to-business, business-to-government, education as a benefit for employees, income-sharing agreements, stackable credentials, etc.
Three global leaders in the lifelong learning space share perspectives on a topic of growing relevance in today's discussions on the business of education.