Originally published on ASA:
Humans learn over their entire lifespan. Learning in general can take place in a variety of contexts, which are commonly divided into formal, non-formal and informal settings. While formal learning takes place within a traditional hierarchical and chronological education system and typically finishes with a degree or credential, non-formal learning consists of organized and systematic educational activities that are presented to selected population groups, such as older adults, and that do not lead towards a degree or credential. Informal learning takes place outside of these contexts and can be understood as a non-intentional and often unconscious form of learning, like learning from experience. The majority of organized education for older adults occurs in the context of non-formal learning.