Part 1: LIFELONG LEARNING: POLICY AND CONTEXT

At the outset of 2010, the university-sector Framework Implementation Network initiated a project around the theme of 'lifelong learning', with a particular focus on the recognition of prior learning (RPL). The purpose of the network, which meets approximately four times a year, is to provide a forum for representatives across the universities and from the linked colleges to exchange experience and practice in the implementation of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). As such, the network focused on developing an understanding of current developments in the recognition of prior learning (RPL) as a route to granting admission to programmes in the university sector in Ireland. This work involved an examination of how lifelong learning has featured in national and European policy and an identification and exploration of the elements that make it a meaningful concept.
At a meeting of the network held on 24 February 2010, a number of speakers made presentations setting out the policy background to lifelong learning, the contexts in which this applies, and the tools that can be used to improve lifelong learning opportunities in these contexts:
 

  • Dr. Catherine Maunsell, Lecturer in Psychology (St. Patrick’s College): Lifelong learning and associated policy objectives (European, national, and institutional);

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  • Dr. Jim Murray (NQAI): How the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) contributes to realising lifelong learning objectives;

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  • Tony Donohoe, IBEC: Lifelong learning and Labour-market activation;

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  • Declan Courell, Registrar, (St. Angela’s College): Lifelong learning and continuing professional development (CPD);

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  • Seamus Fox (DCU): Lifelong learning and distance education;

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  • Irene Sheridan, Head Strategic Innovation Projects Unit (Cork Institute of Technology): Lifelong Learning and the recognition of prior learning (RPL).

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