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Study Group Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning (LLL) is the willingness to learn new things, not to be content with what has been achieved, to actively participate in social and technological changes and to be an active member of society. Lifelong learning is therefore important for individuals as well as for society and is an essential prerequisite for integration into work and life.
In the scientific discussion, lifelong learning strategies using flexible, accessible, attractive methods and appropriate technologies are seen as promising to provide individuals and organizations with skills that demonstrate the diversity of people's characteristics through targeted methodologies and initiatives promoting everything in further education, for the individual benefit and for the benefit of the organization.
In the new learning world, which is characterized by digitization, people are offered the opportunity to develop their potentials individually. Digital technologies should be used in all processes of lifelong learning, education, training, and in particular within work.

Main topics of the study group Lifelong Learning at a glance

The Lifelong Learning Study Group focuses its activities on three main topics in international projects.

Main topic 1 | Knowledge, introduction and use of digital technologies in organizations

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are growth drivers for the economy and job creation. When SMEs seek new innovations and growth opportunities, they can also take advantage of new information technologies. Digitization is changing the way companies work. It extends the possibilities of individual and cooperative work. New activities and new forms of cross-site teamwork require a stronger interdisciplinary understanding. At the same time, the qualification requirements for employees increase due to the increasingly complex work systems. In order to promote the use of new technologies in SMEs, new LLL strategies should be developed to increase their speed of innovation. Cooperation and knowledge transfer between research, educational institutions and companies play an important role here. For example, the Life Long Learning Group works with European SMEs o develop and implement training for their employees to achieve practice-oriented research and entrepreneurial skills to design new digital business models and to use necessary data and information.

LLL Group helps organizations use digital media and develop communication strategies to reduce the harmful effects of dramatically increasing cyber-attacks.

Main topic 2 | Fostering practice-oriented learning methods in lifelong learning strategies

Due to lack of resources and the rapid development of digital technologies, it is important for the organization to engage in learning processes that are suited to the new forms of work and cooperation, and to address their real needs with maximum return on investment. For example, in forms of active, direct, inter-organizational workplace learning, in combination with informal learning and with the support of digital platforms, addresses these issues and develops skills that can be used in future situations in companies. Such methods are believed to result in an innovative, digital media-based learning culture in small and medium-sized businesses that motivates employees to cooperate and reflect.

Main topic 3 | Digital solutions in the LLL to support inclusion

Digital solutions, including education and social innovation, can enhance the integration and quality of life of people with special needs, including those with disabilities, migrants and the elderly, through participation in society and traditional education programs. The Lifelong Learning Group is working on improving support models for people with   special needs and using digital media to collaborate and learn to increase the efficiency of support systems. Together with partners from different organizations, the Lifelong Learning Group is working on the development of appropriate mentoring models and training materials including guidelines on the use and specific application of digital technologies to improve the quality of life and work integration of people with disabilities, migrants, etc. and the promotion of inclusive education. Social media and virtual communities  of practice and networks play an important role in this context.