In pictures: HELLIN Lifelong Learning Conference at WIT


The annual HELLIN conference was hosted by WIT on 11 December 2019, exploring policy, practice and innovation in lifelong learning

The HELLIN (Higher Education Lifelong Learning in Ireland) conference brought together a broad range of lifelong learning stakeholders to consider how lifelong learning provision is responding and informing future policy. Societies around the world are looking to lifelong learning to help populations deal with the rapid and profound changes that we are living through brought about by new applications of multiple  technologies, shifts in modes of social and political participation, and a deteriorating environment.

HELLIN conference in pictures

Managing societal and economic change

The HELLIN Chair, Dr Helen Murphy Head of WIT’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning, 
observed that that this year the conference focused on how lifelong learning is contributing to managing societal and economic change. “The conference provides a vital opportunity for researchers, practitioners, learners and policy makers to discuss these shifts, share practice and research and debate the issues facing all those involved in Lifelong Learning.”

Conference highlights

Prof. Meg Benke travelled from the State University of New York (SUNY) system New York and gave a very well-received keynote address on the topic of Lifelong Learning: Personalized and Connected Learning. Another highlight of the day was a very thought-provoking panel discussion on current and future lifelong in practice featuring Rev. Trevor Sargent: CoI Curate Tramore, GIY advocate and former Leader of the Green Party in Ireland; Mr. Edmond Connolly: Manager South East Regional Skills Forum and former CEO of Macra na Feirme; Ms. Mary Lyons: Director National Innovation, SOLAS; Ms. Donna Tilson: Director Data Insights at Sun Life Financial and founding member Crystal Valley Tech.

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