Extending opportunities for life-long learning in a digital age: Extending opportunities for life-long learning in a digital age – institutional approaches to mainstreaming new flexible and cost-effective practice
A fast changing economic climate and demographic changes increases likely numbers of non-traditional HE learners, however their different needs (e.g. fitting learning around other commitments) requires more responsive and flexible curricula and support. The workshop will help participants develop an understanding of the issues that institutions need to address in order to meet the needs of such life-long learners and how to mainstream cost-effective, scalable and efficient new practices and technologies.
Universities have frequently struggled to deliver lifelong learning cost-effectively and at the same time meet learner demands e.g. for flexible delivery and support. Programme teams often have to bypass institutional processes and systems in order deliver at a distance, however such “renegade” approaches do not lend themselves to scalability and mainstreaming.
This workshop will explore how institutions are meeting the needs of lifelong learners by developing and mainstreaming cost-effective, scalable and efficient new practices and technologies by e.g. enhancing support at a distance, developing responsive curricula (e.g. that centre learning around in and for the workplace), adopting flexible technology-supported delivery models that encourage self-directed life-long learning habits. These approaches will be illustrated by two case-studies from the new JISC Guide “Learning in a Digital Age – Extending Opportunities for Lifelong Learning”:
- The University of Plymouth Colleges regional partnership of Further Education College's PINEAPPLE project adopts technology solutions to make the APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) process more efficient and cost-effective.
- Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh's Telford College have worked in partnership with Edinburgh City Council to design and deliver a new suite of programmes that provide seamless articulation pathways and alternative work-based routes to degree study where technology is used extensively to provide cost-effective and flexible delivery.
Overview of workshop:
- Institutional video case study playing as delegates enter.
- Introduce aims of workshop and ice-breaker activity asking participants to identify their top challenge associated with implementing new practices and technologies for lifelong learning (10 mins).
- Overview of JISC Guide – how institutions are developing and mainstreaming new lifelong learning practices and using technologies to cost-effectively support practices (10 mins).
- Introduction from case-study presenters – background overview of work, leading into group activity based on work of the case-studies, allowing participants to discuss institutional implications for developing and mainstreaming new practices and technologies in their own contexts (25 mins).
- Feedback from group activity (5 mins).
- Overview of how the resources from the “Learning in a Digital Age – Extending opportunities for Lifelong Learning” guide can support institutions with their practice (5 mins).
Delegates will receive a copy of “Learning in a Digital Age – Extending opportunities for Lifelong Learning” and supporting resources will be available from www.jisc.ac.uk/digilifelong in June.
Intended audience: practitioners and policy-makers.