1. Lifelong learning in the new
social contract for education
Ebba Ossiannilsson, Sweden
OEGlobal Leadership Excellence Award 2022
SPARC European Open Education Champion
EDEN DLE Senior Fellow
Knowledge Equity Network (KEN)
EADTU Quality Reviewer
ICDE Board, ICDE Quality Network, ICDE Ambassador for OER, CDE OER Advocacy Committee, Chair
3. Global competence and citizenship: as the world becomes increasingly interconnected, education could place more emphasis on
developing global competence and fostering a sense of global citizenship. This could include intercultural understanding,
languages, and global challenges.
Lifelong learning and skills development: as the labor market evolves, there is an increasing focus on lifelong learning and skills
development relevant to the changing world of work. The quality agenda could include a stronger focus on providing learners wit
practical, workplace-ready skills and competencies.
Personalized learning: education is moving toward a more personalized approach, recognizing that students have different
learning styles and needs. Adaptive learning technologies, competency-based education, and differentiated instruction could
become more prominent in the quality agenda.
Inclusion and equity: efforts to ensure inclusion and equity in education are likely to continue. This could include addressing
inequities in access to quality education, supporting underrepresented groups, and creating inclusive learning environments.
Partnerships and stakeholder engagement: collaboration among educational institutions, governments, businesses, and
communities can contribute to educational quality. Future efforts could include fostering stronger partnerships to align
educational goals with broader societal needs.
Continuous quality improvement: the concept of continuous improvement is an essential component of the quality agenda.
Educational institutions could adopt processes similar to those used in quality management, such as Six Sigma or Total Quality
Management, to ensure continuous improvement of educational programs.
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4. Integration of technology: the integration of technology into education has been a major driver of change in the quality agenda.
This trend is likely to continue, with a focus on using technology to personalize learning experiences, provide distance and online
education, and give students real-time assessments and feedback.
Data-driven decision making: Educational institutions are increasingly using data to make decisions about curriculum design,
instructional strategies, and student support. In the future, this could include more sophisticated data analysis and predictive
modeling to identify at-risk students and intervene early to improve outcomes.
Innovative assessment: traditional assessment methods are being reevaluated in favor of more authentic and performance-based
assessments. Future efforts under the Quality Agenda could explore ways to assess skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and
Teacher professional development: high-quality teaching is a cornerstone of educational quality. In the future, there could be
increased investment in teacher professional development, with a focus on innovative teaching practices, technology integration, a
student engagement strategies.
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15. Why a culture of Lifelong Learning is needed
The complexity of modern life requires adaptability – a population that is resilient, open to change, and willing to learn
throughout its life. Increasing mobility, population shifts, the climate crisis, technological change, threats to global health and
democratic systems, and new patterns of production and consumption affect all countries of the world in different ways. Lifelong
learning (LLL) is an effective and potentially transformative means of addressing many of these challenges.
The global community is increasingly aware that investments in lifelong learning–for all–promote active citizenship, enhance
employability, promote human health and well-being, and strengthen community cohesion. In other words, they make an
important contribution to sustainable development in all countries, regions, and communities.
The value of lifelong learning has become even more evident as the global community tackles the profound, shared challenges of
the COVID -19 pandemic (…). Non-formal and informal learning have come to the fore with the proliferation of more flexible
online courses, new channels of communication between education stakeholders, and the opening up of digital resources.
LLL is in a position to respond to trends and public policy issues that require urgent attention from policymakers. (…) LLL also
mitigates the challenges posed by the digital revolution: As robotics, artificial intelligence, and increasing connectivity rapidly
transform our world, new demands on workers and other forms of citizenship are emerging.
These and other factors make lifelong learning an economic, political, social, and environmental imperative for every country. It
plays an important role in reducing social and economic inequalities and promoting civic and community life.
Lifelong learning can be a response to the challenges of today and the decades to come.
19. Towards a new quality agenda
• Wellbeing and health
• Societel growth
• Core values
• Contributions to development to both individual and society growth
• Citizens for today and for the future
• Triple Helix approach
• Social justice, equity, equality, lifelong learning etc (SDG)
20. Lifelong, life-wide and life-
deep learning domains
(Adapted from UNESCO)
• Lifelong learning, Life-wide learning, Life deep learning
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