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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Peter Smith ’68 on the ‘Digital Learning Revolution | Books and Media - Princeton Alumni Weekly

Check out this featured author by The Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Photo: Peter Smith
The book: Peter Smith ’68 has been a strong proponent of educational opportunities for adults since the 1970s, when he spearheaded the launch of the Community College of Vermont. Since that time, he has seen opportunities for non-traditional students grow dramatically, especially through the growth of the internet and online-learning programs. Free Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education (SelectBooks) is a response to these new opportunities and is intended primarily for workers with valuable experience but no “credentials” to show for it. Smith encourages those individuals to recognize what they have learned through work and life and to capitalize upon that knowledge to attain their educational and career goals. He details many of the colleges and programs oriented towards adult students, many of which also give credit for “real-world” knowledge gained over the course of regular work. Testimonials from adults who have used modern learning opportunities to enrich their lives are featured throughout the book, as demonstrations of how the “digital learning revolution” is having measurably positive results.

Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age:  
The Emerging Revolution in College,
Career, and Education
The author: Peter Smith ’68 is a former congressman and college administrator who is currently Professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education at the University of Maryland University College.

Opening lines: “Free-range learning in the digital age” describes the silent learning revolution occurring in America. Many are not aware of this explosion of a vast scope and range of education resources now available to adult learners...

Reviews: "The future of education is one where it never ends, and Peter Smith provides an essential guide to this new learning economy. Full of compelling stories and engaging interviews, Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age is a roadmap for learners of all ages and backgrounds." ―Jeffrey J. Selingo, New York Times best-selling author of There Is Life After College and College (Un)bound.
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Source: Princeton Alumni Weekly