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Digitalization of Education – The How and Why of Lifelong Learning

Research Results Concerning Online-Further Education in Tourism. Significance – Expectation – Utilisation

Lars Rettig

More and more parts of our lives are being digitally enriched. The field of education is no exception. The learning and working worlds are changing, and therefore also the requirements for education, continuing education and further education. At the same time, the period in which knowledge is up-to-date is ever shorter. Thus the ability to do Lifelong Learning is not only decisive for the success of the individual, but also for the sustainable existence of companies, economic sectors and whole regions/destinations. On the basis of psychological, pedagogical and economical concepts the author deals with the How and Why of learning. Based on this he investigates the significance of Online-Further Education in Tourism by means of qualitative expert interviews.

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More and more parts of our lives are being digitally enriched with portable computers (like laptops, tablets and wearables), mobile telephones (smart phones) and other intelligent systems. The field of education is no exception. The learning and working worlds are changing, and therefore also the requirements for education, continuing education and further education.1 Reasons for the changes lie not only in techno-economic developments that lead to a more and more globalised knowledge and information society, but also the demographic changes in the industrialised countries require a rethinking towards Lifelong Learning. The aging of society, the shrinking of the workforce, the decreasing number of young people and the prolongation of the working life are placing acute demands for the development of innovative teaching and learning formats. But also the increasing merging of family, leisure and work shows a change in values in the development of society, which is accompanied by increasing individualisation.2

Each generation produces new knowledge. These days publications are now happening more immediately and are accessible through the Internet everywhere (open access). In this way, the knowledge pool is becoming larger and larger. At the same time, the period in which knowledge is up-to-date is ever shorter (Half-life of knowledge).3 The rapid deterioration process of knowledge and the megatrends of the working world mentioned at the outset already make it clear why Lifelong Learning is socially relevant and necessary.

In addition, it could be shown that on the way to digitalization of...

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