An increasing number of students are benefiting from education later in life, bringing diverse experiences, skills and needs and adding value to employers and society. 'Learning in a Digital Age – extending opportunities for lifelong learning' demonstrates, through a range of case studies, how institutions are already using technology to attract and retain these diverse groups of learners, offer professional development opportunities for their own staff, and enhance engagement and collaboration with employers and other organisations with a stake in effective lifelong learning, for example, by improving access, streamlining institutional processes and providing more efficient and effective support at entry, while on course and beyond

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An increasing number of students are benefiting from education later in life, bringing diverse experiences, skills and needs and adding value to employers and society. Learning in a Digital Age – extending higher education opportunities for lifelong learning demonstrates, through a range of case studies, how institutions are already using technology to attract and retain these diverse groups of learners, offer professional development opportunities for their own staff, and enhance engagement and collaboration with employers and other organisations with a stake in effective lifelong learning, for example, by improving access, streamlining institutional processes and providing more efficient and effective support at entry, while on course and beyond

What the publication offers

Lifelong learning coverAimed at individuals in further and higher education who have an interest in lifelong learning: academic staff, lecturers, tutors, learning support staff, learning technologists, and information, advice and guidance professionals, the publication signposts some of the effective higher education practice taking place in the UK and addresses the benefits and challenges that arise in a digital age.

The eleven institutional case studies have been aligned against the following themes:

  • Support for lifelong learners
  • Responsive curriculum design
  • Flexible curriculum delivery
  • Assessment, feedback and accreditation
  • Stakeholder engagement and sustainable partnerships

Learning in a Digital Age is the latest in the Effective Practice series from the JISC e-Learning Programme.

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Table: Building understanding of lifelong learning in a digital age (PDF )
Diagram: Institutional responses to lifelong learning (PDF )
Learner journey 1: Returning to learning (PDF )
Learner journey 2: Learning in the workplace (PDF )

Extended case studies

Support for lifelong learners

1. Managing transition into higher education (PDF ), University of Bradford
2. Supporting higher education learners (PDF ), Leicester College of Further and Higher education

Responsive curriculum design

3. Engaging stakeholders in curriculum design (PDF ), Birmingham City University
4. Developing demand-led provision (PDF ), University of Gloucestershire and partners

Flexible curriculum delivery

5. Using e-portfolios in work-based learning (PDF ), University of Wolverhampton
6. Adopting a learner perspective (PDF ), University of Oxford

Assessment, accreditation and feedback

7. Acquiring an award via an e-portfolio (PDF ), Thanet College
8. Providing feedback via web-conferencing (PDF ), Cardiff Metropolitan University
9. Exploring the accreditation of prior experiential learning (PDF ), University of Plymouth Colleges and partners

Engaging stakeholders and developing sustainable partnerships

10. Improving labour market information (PDF ), University of Nottingham and partners
11. Building partnerships in work-based programmes (PDF ), Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife and Borders Regional Articulation Hub (ELRAH) and partners

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