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ERIC Number: ED541664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-9-5255-3960-8
ISSN: ISSN-1458-106X
Quality Assurance in Lifelong Learning. ENQA Workshop Report 18
Bengoetxea, Endika; Kallioinen, Outi; Schmidt-Jortzig, Immo; Thorn, Richard
ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education)
The implementation of Lifelong Learning (LLL) in European higher education institutions is one of the most important educational and carrier development oriented initiatives of this decade. Albeit an essential path in the continuous improvement of skills, competences and knowledge throughout the life of an individual, this project is also challenging, as it involves expectations not only from the educational, the social and the professional worlds, but employers and employees as well. Moreover, the fact that expectations and demands may vary nationally, regionally and locally demands understanding, transparency and coordination between lifelong learning providers. The quality assurance of implementing Lifelong Learning into European higher education institutions is currently part of ENQA's main focus areas. ENQA is promoting debates on how to develop quality assurance processes for lifelong learning schemes. In order to contribute to joint understanding of the quality assurance in Lifelong Learning between all stakeholders, to disseminate information on good practice, and to discuss standards and procedures, ENQA organised a workshop on the theme "Quality Assurance in Lifelong Learning" that was held in May 2011 in Bonn, Germany. The workshop provided a platform for discussion and exchange of experiences among the main stakeholders in quality assurance. This publication presents four articles based on the workshop on Lifelong Learning. The following articles will discuss the national experiences, observations and results from the perspectives of the European Commission, the Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland, the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) in Germany, and the Institutes of Technology in Ireland. Articles included are: (1) Quality Assurance in Higher Education Lifelong Learning: Objectives and challenges on the European Union (Endika Bengoetxea); (2) Internal Quality Assurance at Laurea University of Applied Sciences Finland--Integrating Learning and Research (Outi Kallioinen); (3) Quality Assurance for non-degree programmes (Immo Schmidt-Jortzig); and (4) Lifelong Learning and European Higher Education Institutions--the FLLLEX Project (Richard Thorn and Klaas Vansteenhuyse). ENQA Workshop on Quality Assurance in Lifelong Learning is appended. Individual chapters contain figures and references. (Contains 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: European Commission
Authoring Institution: European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)
Identifiers - Location: Finland; Germany; Ireland