Int. J. of Technology Enhanced Learning   »   2011 Vol.3, No.4



Title: Lifelong learning: insights, issues and solutions


Author: Mark Glynn, Richard Thorn, Ruan McGloughlin


Institutes of Technology of Ireland, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8, Ireland.
Institutes of Technology of Ireland, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8, Ireland.
JUMP, 6-8 Harcourt Road, Dublin 2, Ireland


Abstract: This paper describes the results of a market research exercise undertaken as part of a major project on flexible and part time learning being undertaken by the institutes of technology aimed at increasing the amount of flexible learning being provided and taken up by learners. The research was designed to find out what triggers may be used to encourage adult learners back into education in Ireland and so contribute to more appropriate responses to their needs by the institutes of technology for whom increasing flexible and part time education is a major strategic objective. The EU has established a target of 15% of adults participating in lifelong learning by 2020. Whilst some countries, notably the northern European countries, comfortably exceed that target, many do not, including Ireland. Within Ireland the Institutes of Technology (IoT's) constitute almost half the total higher education population and two thirds of part time students at first cycle Bologna (bachelor) or Level 6 to Level 8 of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.


Keywords: flexible learning; adult education; part time education; strategic change; lifelong learning; market research; institutes of technology; adult learners; Ireland; strategic objectives; northern Europe; part time students; national frameworks; qualifications framework; educational levels; universities; Bologna Process; European Higher Education Area; EHEA; EU; European Union; degree courses; bachelor courses; technology enhanced learning.


DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2011.041279


Int. J. of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2011 Vol.3, No.4, pp.355 - 365


Available online: 15 Jul 2011



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