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The keynote speaker for this conference is Dr. Meg Benke, noted adult educator and online learning leader is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at State University of New York Empire State College and Professor, School of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Benke has had an extensive administrative career at Empire State College, previously serving as dean of the Center for Distance Learning and acting president. Dr. Benke was a Fulbright Scholar in 2015 at the Waterford Institute of Technology and is a continuing faculty associate with the institute.  She continues to advise WIT and other institutions in Ireland related to online and blended learning strategy and the Recognition of Prior Learning.

Panel discussion

The following expert colleagues have kindly given of their time to join Meg in a Panel Discussion on Lifelong Learning: Preparing for Our future World.

Ms. Donna Tilson- Director Data Insights at Sun Life Financial& founding member Crystal Valley Tech

Mr. Edmond Connolly- Manager South East Regional Skills Forum& former CEO of Macra na Feirme

Ms. Mary Lyons- Director of National Innovation, SOLAS

Rev. Trevor Sargent- CoI Curate Tramore, GIY advocate& former Leader of the Green Party in Ireland

Format for the conference

Time & Venue

Event

9.30

Registration Tea/Coffee

10.00

 

Opening address:

Professor Willie Donnelly, President, WIT

10.15

 

Keynote address

Professor Arne Carlsen

Lifelong Learning: The New Imperative

10.50

Q & A

11.00 – 11.30

Break

11.30 – 13.00

Parallel Session 1 – Policy

 

Policy 1 The Future for Lifelong Learning

 

Policy 2 New Life and Work Trajectories; Re-balancing social and human capital in Lifelong Learning

 

Policy 3 International policy developments to support Lifelong Learning

Possible speaker here Nadia Reynders ASEM (was at the March meeting) or a representative from EUCEN

 

Chair and Rapporteur

11.30 – 13.00

Parallel Session 2 – Practice

 

Practice 1 - The Changing Role of the Lifelong Learning Practitioner

Gavin to see about a speaker from Sligo for this session

 

Practice 2 - How the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can facilitate access for Lifelong Learners

Possible presentation from  Maeve O’Grady (WIT) on HEA funded RPL for industry project

 

Practice 3 - Emerging practice, methodologies and pedagogies in Lifelong Learning

 

Chair and Rapporteur

11.30 – 13.00

Parallel Session 3 – Innovation

 

Innovation 1 - Partnerships and collaboration for Lifelong Learning

 

Innovation 2 - How can technology support Lifelong Learning?

 

Chair and Rapporteur

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 - 15.00

Additional Parallel Sessions

15.00 – 15.45

Key Note 2 – Sustainability in Higher Education

15.45 – 16.00

AAACE Web link in on conference themes

16.00-16.30

Panel Discussion

Key Note speakers

Rapporteurs/Chairs of parallel sessions (HELLIN members)

Lifelong Learner practitioners

Students

16.30

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