At this year's Lifelong Learning Week, from 2-6 December 2013, organizers EUCIS-LLL will launch their Manifesto for the European elections. The upcoming European Elections will be a general focus for this week. Many events will take place in order to to provide ideas on how to modernise education and training systems in Europe. The events will take place in the European Parilament in Brussels.
Today, the concept of “lifelong learning” is widely used but its meaning differs according to whom is using it. According to EUCIS-LLL, lifelong learning covers education and training across all ages and in all areas of life be it formal, non-formal or informal. It shall enable citizen’s emancipation and full participation in society in its civic, social and economic dimensions. The idea of organising Lifelong Learning Weeks aims to raise awareness on lifelong learning in Europe and to put forward the need to adopt a holistic approach at all levels of decision-making, implementation and evaluation. This is necessary if we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy as set in the Europe 2020 strategy.
VISIR Stakeholders consultation - An unorthodox consultation about visions and scenarios on future of learning
The VISIR project – “Vision, Scenarios, Insights and Recommendations “ is the initiative of seven European networks one research centre and one University involved in the open, distance and e-learning field. It aims to develop a shared vision on how ICT may help making lifelong learning a reality. The project is co-funded by the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme.
The objective of the VISIR Stakeholders’ Consultations is to involve professionals and practitioners as well as decision makers, students, civil society representatives, to build on their opinion and experience, to develop a common vision on how ICT may help making lifelong learning a reality.
We are counting on your contribution to help to identify and analyse the trends on ICT and learning in Europe. It will take only few minutes of your time and even could be fun to reflect on the 14, somewhat provocative and tricky statements which you will find in the consultation. Such statements were elaborated following a memorable brainstorming seminar in Bologna in May 2012, with the participation of a bunch of experts gathered from all the continent. They analysed the domains of change, the polarities and tensions and the main lines of evolution and trying to outline future scenarios from here till 2020. Thus, the statements in the consultation are related to the year 2020.
Resultatet af dette arbejde er blevet sammenfattet i ”krav til forandring”, en liste over tiltag, som skal træffes i alle de fire områder, som projektet behandler, plus nogle generelle tværgående krav. Disse krav kan sammenfattes i følgende Learnovation-vision for europæisk læring i 2025: ”At være en livslang lærende bliver en betingelse for liv. Takket været deres massive og naturlige brug i hverdagen, erhverver teknologierne en frigørende kraft på folks mulighed og evne for at lære, og derved begunstiges en spontan tendens mod metakognition og ejerskab af deres egen læringsproces”.
Artiklen har til formål at forudse læringens fremtid i et innovationsorienteret perspektiv og give en række anbefalinger til beslutningstagere om hasteforanstaltninger, der skal indledes for at positive ændringer kan finde sted. Rådføringsprocessen, som Learnovation-projektet startede, viste sig at have succes med at mobilisere interessenter og få deres input for at udarbejde fremtidige scenarier for læringens udvikling og definere anbefalinger til at få sådanne scenarier kan gå i opfyldelse.