Policies and Practices in Lifelong Learning at Universities
The introduction of lifelong learning (LLL) in European universities has been discussed extensively at policy level since the early 2000 in various contexts and with different arguments. Among others the arguments of the so called knowledge society and its need for a qualified workforce, the European demographics and the extended university's mission have all been invoked to highlight the importance of lifelong learning and the role played by HEI in helping communities and individuals to meet professional and societal challenges. Both the European Commission and the European University Association (EUA) have developed policy documents, strategies and funded programs aimed at encouraging universities to engage and take their specific share in offering lifelong learning opportunities to a wider category of learners.
In this context many European universities have set up or are considering the introduction of courses and programs aimed at non-traditional students, outside degree programs. From the data collected through the Peer Assessment of Student Centered Learning (PASCL) Erasmus+ project in which we, the course directors, were involved and our recent discussions with the Georgian Ministry of Education and with participants we met at conferences in Budapest and abroad, we became aware that most HEI face a variety of challenges in meeting the requests of policy makers to become more involved in providing LLL.
The course will offer participants an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities brought about by the introduction of LLL programs at universities. It would also present a wide range of case studies including successful and innovative non-degree programs together with less successful ones and challenge them to design programs relevant in their own national, regional and institutional contexts.
The course is aimed primarily at institutions interested in exploring new or further opportunities to engage in LLL activities while encouraging peer learning and experience sharing among participants.
The course intends to bring together university leaders, managers, administrators, faculty members and quality assurance/ministry staff.
We envisage that the course could be of interest for:
- university leaders and managers interested in implementing LLL courses,
- faculty teaching in non-degree programs
- representatives of education/labor ministries, quality assurance agencies, accreditation bodies
- students in programs on higher education policy
- education think tanks
Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.
As prerequisite for the course, participants need to demonstrate prior experience either as faculty or as staff member involved in LLL activities.
Students need to be able to demonstrate interest and engagement in LLL policies and practices.
The language of instruction is English, thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.
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