Electronic Education and Lifelong Learning

Electronic Education and Lifelong Learning

Victor C. X. Wang (Florida Atlantic University, USA), Marianne Robin Russo (Florida Atlantic University, USA) and Susan K. Dennett (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5780-9.ch004
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Abstract

Due to de-institutionalization and open system, it is inappropriate to equate education with youth education. In the new century, education has been delivered electronically to accommodate lifelong learning. It has become a reality that the four walled classrooms have been used to complement and supplement E-learning. No need to argue that electronic education has become the norm for most universities and organizations including governmental agencies. For any providers of education to remain highly competitive, they must engage in electronic education by “breaking down” the four walls of the traditional classroom. Lifelong learning has become the impetus resulting in the extensive and intensive application of electronic education.
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Introduction

Today the global education community has become the buzz term in the realm of education and training. Learners in every location around the globe must acquire new skills, be literate, and understand constantly changing dynamics in globalization (Schrum, 2000, p. 91). College courses taught in the United States of America can be taken by students in Asia. Likewise, courses taught in Europe can be taken by learners in North America. Although younger learners like to travel to a different university in a different country in order to obtain a much desired degree and to get cultural immersion in order to learn a different language, nontraditional learners prefer taking courses offered by foreign universities or corporations in foreign countries via distance education technologies (can be used interchangeably with Web 2.0 technologies from time to time) in their home countries. This is not to say that nontraditional learners do not like to travel to foreign countries. Rather, they have multiple work and family responsibilities (Wang, 2006) that prevent them from being away from home for a long time. Obtaining a college degree is a several yearlong endeavor to anyone. This article will explore the relationship between lifelong and e-learning, historical developments in e-education, expanding horizons in e-education, limitations, the digital divide, and global barriers within the realm of e-learning.

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