Title: The Future of Learning is Lifelong, Lifewide and Open
Citation: Lifewide Magazine no. 9 p. 12-17
Publisher: Lifewide Learning
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC89484
URI: http://www.lifewidemagazine.co.uk/
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In an attempt to look over the horizon at what learning will be like in the future, the EU commissioned a Foresight study in 2009. This study aimed to identify, understand and visualise major changes to learning in the future. It developed a descriptive vision of the future, based on existing trends and drivers, and a normative vision outlining how future learning opportunities should be developed to contribute to social cohesion, socio-economic inclusion and economic growth. Growing out of this study was a rising awareness of the importance of 'opening up' our current educational systems, approaches, resources and practices to enable society to realise the potential contained within this vision. It is also worth drawing attention to the explicit role played by lifewide learning in this lifelong vision of future learning. Building on this foresight study, this article focuses the ways in which our higher education institutions might become more open to open forms of learning and education.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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