learning designed to keep our citizens and our nation at the forefront of the knowledge revolution.”
The examination of lifelong learning has been initiated by the National Academy of Engineering in order to assess current practices in lifelong learning for engineering professionals, to re-examine the underlying assumptions, consider options, and outline strategies for the future. Some issues that need to be considered include; who decides what knowledge is needed, who provides the learning opportunities; in what format and where; who certifies it; who pays for it; what are the appropriate roles, respectively, for employers, professional societies, government, and academia; and should there be consideration for broadening one’s field as well as for updating current practices. By bringing together stakeholders including policy makers, the LLI workshop has opened a national dialogue on lifelong learning for engineering professionals in the knowledge age. The workshop identified critical issues worthy of being pursued in depth.