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What’s the meaning of the term ‘continuing education’?

Continuing education is an all encompassing term within a broad spectrum of post-secondary learning activities and programs. Recognized forms of post-secondary learning activities within the domain include: degree credit courses by non-traditional students, non-degree career training, workforce training, formal personal enrichment courses (both on-campus and online) self-directed learning (such as through Internet interest groups, clubs or personal research activities) and experiential learning as applied to problem solving.

General Continuing Education vs. Professional Continuing Education

General continuing education is similar to adult education, at least in being intended for adult learners, especially those beyond traditional undergraduate college or university age. It is not normally considered to include basic instruction such as literacy, English language skills, or programs such as vocational training or GED preparation. General continuing education involves enrollment in college/university credit-granting courses, often by students enrolled part-time, and often offered through a division or school of continuing education of a college/university known sometimes as the university extension or extension school.

Professional continuing education is a specific learning activity generally characterized by the issuance of a certificate or continuing education units (CEU) for documenting attendance at a designated seminar or course of instruction. Licensing bodies in a number of fields impose continuing education requirements on members who hold licenses to practice within a particular profession. These requirements are intended to encourage professionals to expand their knowledge base and stay up-to-date on new developments. Depending on the field, these requirements may be satisfied through college or university coursework, extension courses or conferences and seminars attendance.

Methods of Continuing Education

The method of delivery of continuing education can include traditional types of classroom lectures and laboratories. However, much continuing education makes heavy use of distance learning, which not only includes independent study, but which can include videotaped/CD-ROM material, broadcast programming, online/Internet delivery and online Interactive Courses.

In addition to independent study, the use of conference-type group study, which can include study networks (which can, in many instances, meet together online) as well as different types of seminars/workshops, can be used to facilitate learning.

Why should you continue your education?

It enriches your standard of living. Continuing education can be done at any stage of your life. It also enhances your job opportunities if you’ve been unemployed. It helps adults by offering education of high standards in various forms. Several adult education programs guide adults towards better productivity of work, irrespective of their age. It ensures people to compete with others in a better way in this competitive society.

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