Lifelong Learning in the Digital Age

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), lifelong learning is an opportunity that gives every individual the right to acquire knowledge and skills that they can use to fulfil their aspirations and provide contribution within their communities. Lifelong learning is the type of learning that extend beyond the traditional way of schooling and continue throughout individual’s adult life by being “flexible, diverse and available in different times and different places” (Lifelong Learning Council Queensland Inc, 2016). However, due to the escalation of digital innovations in today’s society, the concept of lifelong learning in today’s generation of students requires educators, like myself, to significantly incorporate technology within students’ learning to extensively prepare and equip students with the skills and knowledge that they will need outside of their learning environment.

In today’s society, knowledge is the primary tool that individuals utilise to be competent in contributing to economic stability rather than the use of physical ability, as well as utilising technology into transforming and building ideas instead of using manual labour and conversion of raw materials (Divjak, et. al., 2004). Therefore, as a developing teacher it is important to be aware of these concepts, as it will help me to properly plan the type of skills and knowledge that I should provide to my future students to help them to acquire competency and be well equipped to face actual life challenges.

Skills that are necessary for students within the 21st century society

General Capabilities in Australian Curriculum

Skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration are one of the new set of skills that students within the digital age must put into practice for them to be able to be well equipped within the digital age (White, 2013). Particularly, due to the wide variety of information that can be easily access through Internet, students must exercise the skill of critical thinking to improve their research skills that is particularly vital within the concept of lifelong learning in the digital age.

Online Research: Tips for Effective Search Strategies (Sarah Clark, 2016).

As a future History teacher, it is important to be knowledgeable of the different research strategies that can improve the integrity and the quality of information that I will deliver and share to my students, as well as constantly demonstrating the skills of thinking critically to examine the credibility of different historical sources contents. By doing this, students can exercise the skill of thoroughly investigating historical sources before absolutely adhering to their historical contents, thus, giving students the opportunity to learn authentically by using their own perspectives within the specific subject manner and exploring it further that provide deeper knowledge engagement to the given topic. Giving students the opportunity to constantly exercise these feature within the classroom with the help of appropriate technology will significantly help students to acquire the competent abilities that they will need outside their learning settings.

Evaluating Sources (UOW Library, 2014).


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Divjak., Sasja., Dowling, C., Fisser, P., Grabowska, A., Hezemans, M., Mihnev, P., Ritzen, M., Syslo, M., & Vicari, R. (2004). Lifelong Learning in the Digital Age. In T. Van Weert & M. Kendall (Eds.), Lifelong Learning in the Digital Age: Sustainable for all in a changing world (pp. 1-49). Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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White, G. (2013). Digital Fluency: skills necessary for the digital age [online]. Professional Educator, 12(6), 8-10. Retrieved from;dn=201833;res=AEIPT



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