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The scenario for lifelong learning


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Keynote presentation at the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) annual conference in Zermatt, Switzerland, 2010

Keynote presentation at the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) annual conference in Zermatt, Switzerland, 2010

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  • 1. Luís Tinoca, Universidade Aberta, Portugal The scenario for Lifelong Learning (LLL): Opportunities and Obstacles for Organising LLL
  • 2. LLL definition
    • Lifelong learning is the continued education and training of people throughout their adult lives. It encompasses all academic levels and all forms of learning, whether formal , non-formal , or informal.
    • Our interest is in the continuing education and training of people at higher education level through structured (formal, non-formal or informal) courses or activities offered by Institutions of Higher Education.
  • 3. Policy framework
    • Memorandum on Lifelong Learning (Commission of the European Communities, 30th of October 2000)
    • The Decision 2006/1720/CE (European Parliament and Council, 15th of November 2006)
    • National Policies
  • 4. Obstacles
    • Government lack of investment/recognition
    • Inadequate offer from HEI
    • Uncertified commercial offer
    • Wide competition between private providers
    • Absence of ICT competencies from HEI
    • Lack of recognition of e-learning
    • Inadequate infrastructure to support large number of distance education students
    • Fight for resources
  • 5. The LLL student
    • All students can be considered LLL students (since they are all adults in higher education, according to the working definition). However, some demographics are shared by the partners:
      • most of their LLL students are over the age of 25
      • the average age ranges from 30 to 38 years old
      • more than 60% are enrolled in traditional undergraduate and graduate degrees
      • more than 50% are employed professionals
  • 6. Relevant Sectors for LLL Formal Non-formal Informal
  • 7. Success factors for organizing LLL Pedagogical delivery Content Organizational issues
  • 8. Content
    • Needs analysis
    • Certification / University connection
    • High quality and informed by the latest research
    • The topic of the course (current, relevant to the field, novelty)
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Inclusion of speakers/experts who are active professionals
    • Involvement/collaboration of external stakeholders
  • 9. Pedagogical delivery
    • Accessibility
    • Authenticity
    • Quality learning materials supported by e-Learning portal
    • Learner-oriented flexible educational model
    • Excellent tutorial support
    • Continuous feed-back to students
    • The provision of clear information from the beginning of the course.
  • 10. Organizational issues
    • Time
    • Location
    • Support structure
    • First class logistics
    • Fees are affordable
    • Student funding and scholarship system adjusted to the living circumstances of lifelong learners.
    • Program evaluation
    • Overall quality of the whole system
  • 11.
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    Thank You! Showcases of University Strategies and Business Models for Lifelong Learning Martin Watkinson and Luís Tinoca (2010)