Graphic representing the Other 50 Years

Most of us are aware of and have personally experienced the pre-K through high school system of education that serves our children.

Most of us are also aware of the higher education system that grants degrees to the fortunate among us. (Around 45 percent of the U.S. population holds a postsecondary degree of some type.)

We are all, arguably, much less aware of a third sector of education that quietly serves the millions of adults who have moved beyond secondary and post-secondary education and are now making their way through “the other 50 years,” that long stretch of life in which we are largely on our own to determine how we will continue to learn and grow.

It’s time that awareness rose. Dramatically.

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Photo of batter poised to hit in a large stadium

Perhaps it’s because a bit of spring seems to be nipping through occasionally over the past week, but I’ve got baseball metaphors on my mind. I’m also deeply steeped in our annual Learning • Technology • Design™ (LTD) virtual conference, so those metaphors have been mingling with thoughts about adult lifelong learning.

There has always been an important third sector of education operating quietly outside of the spotlight, one that serves millions of adult learners globally as they move beyond K-12 and higher education and into what we call “the other fifty years.” This sector has become more critical than ever as technology has transformed how information is managed, how knowledge is created, and – more recently – the role human beings play in those processes.

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Here at Tagoras we help organizations in the businesses of lifelong learning, and we’re in that business ourselves. This is the final post in a three-part series that unpacks a few of the ways we’ve rethought typical learning formats at Tagoras events. (Read the first post, about Curated Connections TM, and the second post, about […]

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Tagoras exists to help organizations in the businesses of lifelong learning and is in the lifelong learning business itself. So,  we’re running a three-part series that unpacks a few of the ways we’ve rethought typical learning formats at Tagoras events. (Read the first post, about Curated Connections TM, on the Tagoras blog.) In each part […]

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At Tagoras, we have some great things on tap for 2018, and one of the big ones is the third Learning • Technology • Design (LTD) conference, which will take place throughout the month of February. That’s right, throughout the month of February. You see, LTD 2018 is a virtual conference, and we are taking advantage […]

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Tagoras exists to help organizations in the businesses of lifelong learning—and we’re in that business too. This post is the first in a three-part series that unpacks a few of the ways we’ve rethought typical learning formats at our Leading Learning Symposium and Learning • Technology • Design (which will next be held in February […]

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It’s been five years since we last reached out to colleagues at organizations, learning technology companies, and consulting firms across the association sector to gather their perspectives on what challenges and opportunities learning businesses will encounter in the coming year.  So, we thought it was past time to find out how much as changed – […]

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Capacity and leadership are two of the five domains around which we built the Learning Business Maturity Model. In our experience, capacity—the human resources and technology that can be put against devising and executing a strategy—is an area critical to the success of a learning and education business. In our experience too, capacity is an […]

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs), flipped classes, gamified learning, digital badges and microcredentials, and microlearning—we’ve been hearing about these buzzwords for years now. But are they stuck at buzzword status, or have they crossed over into bona fide trends among associations? That’s a question we explored in the Association Learning + Technology 2017 report, based […]

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When prospective learners land on your Web site, open your conference brochure, skim you latest e-mail, or pull your most recent seminar postcard out of the pile of mail on their desk, are they seeing words and images that grab their attention? Will their interest be sparked? Will their desire be fanned into flame? Will […]

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