Lifelong learning is a phrase used to acknowledge that learning is not just confined to childhood or in the school room. Lifelong learning can take place at any point throughout life and can improve social interactions, personal development, and on occasion, employability.
Residential learning in particular has been described as a lifelong benefit. It can be seen as complementary to other forms of adult learning or indeed as a learning opportunity in its own right.
Providers of residential and/or non-vocational adult education all share a special passion for learning that is rarely experienced in larger educational institutions.
Informal learning courses can vary in duration from just one day to several weeks. Participants and students can expect a course provider to offer
- a liberal approach to learning with an emphasis on enjoyment and personal development
- fellow participants with age ranges spanning from 18 to 80 and beyond, with strong support from third age and female learners
- very high teaching standards through the selection of the most experienced and skilled tutors in their subject
- friendly, informal and safe learning environments
- an enormous subject range