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

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The scenario for lifelong learning

  1. 1. Luís Tinoca, Universidade Aberta, Portugal The scenario for Lifelong Learning (LLL): Opportunities and Obstacles for Organising LLL
  2. 2. LLL definition <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Policy framework <ul><li>Memorandum on Lifelong Learning (Commission of the European Communities, 30th of October 2000) </li></ul><ul><li>The Decision 2006/1720/CE (European Parliament and Council, 15th of November 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>National Policies </li></ul>
  4. 4. Obstacles <ul><li>Government lack of investment/recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate offer from HEI </li></ul><ul><li>Uncertified commercial offer </li></ul><ul><li>Wide competition between private providers </li></ul><ul><li>Absence of ICT competencies from HEI </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of recognition of e-learning </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate infrastructure to support large number of distance education students </li></ul><ul><li>Fight for resources </li></ul>
  5. 5. The LLL student <ul><li>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: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>most of their LLL students are over the age of 25 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the average age ranges from 30 to 38 years old </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more than 60% are enrolled in traditional undergraduate and graduate degrees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more than 50% are employed professionals </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Relevant Sectors for LLL Formal Non-formal Informal
  7. 7. Success factors for organizing LLL Pedagogical delivery Content Organizational issues
  8. 8. Content <ul><li>Needs analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Certification / University connection </li></ul><ul><li>High quality and informed by the latest research </li></ul><ul><li>The topic of the course (current, relevant to the field, novelty) </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion of speakers/experts who are active professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement/collaboration of external stakeholders </li></ul>
  9. 9. Pedagogical delivery <ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Authenticity </li></ul><ul><li>Quality learning materials supported by e-Learning portal </li></ul><ul><li>Learner-oriented flexible educational model </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent tutorial support </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous feed-back to students </li></ul><ul><li>The provision of clear information from the beginning of the course. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Organizational issues <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>Support structure </li></ul><ul><li>First class logistics </li></ul><ul><li>Fees are affordable </li></ul><ul><li>Student funding and scholarship system adjusted to the living circumstances of lifelong learners. </li></ul><ul><li>Program evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Overall quality of the whole system </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Thank You! Showcases of University Strategies and Business Models for Lifelong Learning Martin Watkinson and Luís Tinoca (2010)