just-in-time learning
n. The acquisition of knowledge or skills as they are needed.

Example Citation:
Ted Sanders, co-chairman of the National Educational Research Policy and Priorities Board who helped draft the report, said: 'We need to understand how to develop just-in-time learning strategies that last a lifetime, so that learning opportunities can be structured and delivered exactly when the individual needs them — whether a young child in school or an adult in the workplace.'
—Associated Press, "U.S. Seeks a Nation of Learners For New Century," Chicago Tribune, December 17, 1996

Earliest Citation:
The new flexible space created in the curriculum by the 20% rollback in technical requirements would be used in very different ways by different engineering schools. Following their tradition of diversity, some might focus on advanced specialized technical training; ... some might experiment with radical departures from conventional curricula such as "just in time learning."
—M. Granger Morgan, "Accreditation and diversity in engineering education," Science, August 31, 1990

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