Significant lifelong learning: A framework for preparing future-ready graduates in the age of uncertainty


  • Laura Zizka
  • Rachel C. Plews



Student learning has predominantly been debated based on the cognitive knowledge and skills acquired. More recently, scholars have examined the concept of a deeper, more holistic learning, i.e., significant learning where learning stimulates further learning to, subsequently, create lifelong learners. This conceptual paper aims to examine how significant learning has been discussed in the past to create a framework for the future-ready graduate which educational developers can use to reimagine student learning outcomes aligned to critical interactions of the learning experience. The proposed framework is referred to as Significant Lifelong Learning and can be applied to traditional or any variation of online learning environments.