This ARC8 Expert Group will discuss the opportunities, risks, and challenges related to inclusive lifelong learning and develop a chapter dedicated to this topic in the ARC8 Outlook Report 2030: Inclusive and Diverse Higher Education in Asia and Europe.
The ARC8 Expert Group will present their chapter during the ARC8 Conference on 10 September 2021. During their session, the experts will present recommendations to realize the full potential of lifelong learning to the ASEM Senior Officials and university leaders from Asia and Europe.
Topics discussed in this chapter are: upskilling, reskilling, validation of informal & non-formal learning, flexible learning pathways, inclusive LLL policies, underrepresented groups, gender gap, digital divide, quality assurance, disadvantaged, vulnerable and excluded populations, access to lifelong learning opportunities.
Expert Group Members
ARC8 Expert Group Sessions
In the span of 8 months, ARC8 Experts share knowledge and discuss specific opportunities, risks, and challenges related to inclusive and flexible lifelong learning pathways. During each Expert Group Session two ARC8 Experts give a 10-minute presentation each. After every presentation, members of the Expert Group ask questions, give comments, and contribute towards making the discussion more in-depth.
These ARC8 Expert Group sessions are essential to the process of developing the output, an entire chapter dedicated to the specific topic as part of the report ARC8 Outlook 2030: Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education in Asia and Europe.
The PowerPoint Presentations of experts and the summary of their presentations are made available here
Summary of Presentations
Seamus gave a 10-minute presentation. The following questions guided the presentation and discussion:
- In your opinion, how inclusive are current institutional and national LLL policies and practices? What is the status quo?
- What potential risks could jeopardize greater inclusion in LLL in the next 10 years?
- What opportunities and leverage points do you see that can promote inclusion in LLL the next 10 years?
Seamus provide identified risks and opportunities based on the case and specific context of lifelong learning programs from Ireland.
Seamus also defined inclusion in lifelong learning, then introduced data from the Irish context to better explain the demography of those participating in lifelong learning.
There is one potential risk that could jeopardize greater inclusion in the field of lifelong learning . According to Seamus, policymakers and higher education institutions have overemphasize narrowly understood skills.
Seamus identified several mechanisms that could be used to enhance inclusion. More over, Seamus introduced the concept of “Reflexive Activation of Unemployed People” as a potential leverage point.