There are many people who would continue to go to school their entire lives. They simply enjoy the process of learning. It may not be anything they intend to use to further their career. It may be that they simply wish to enhance the quality of their lives with education. Going to school constantly, for the rest of your life, is pretty much impossible, so online learning is great for lifelong learners.
The very convenience of online learning means that these curious individuals can seek the answers to their questions and satisfy their sudden curiosities in minutes. Of course minutes can turn into detailed hours of education since the internet is such a huge resource and reference community. So much information is freely shared, edited, and presented, that it’s pretty much possible to get well versed in just about any subject. However, a good lifelong learner wants to make sure the information is accurate. In that case, a brick and mortar library is a good resource. The physical world can easily collaborate with the virtual world to open a whole universe of knowledge and possibility.
When the internet was a new concept, people literally spent hours browsing the web. Things they didn’t even know existed became a whole new world of exploration. Today, browsing for the sake of browsing may not be as common. Browsing to sharpen up on a subject is a regular practice. Older adults who are not very computer literate should at least learn how to use the internet so that they reap the benefits of lifelong learning via online learning.