Lifelong Learning: Preparing For Our Future World
HELLIN Conference 2019 – Wednesday 11th December 2019
Conference Afternoon Session
Conference Morning Session
Conference Programme & Themes
This year’s conference will focus on how Lifelong Learning can help prepare us for our Future World. The conference aims to explore how Lifelong Learning is responding to a changing external environment and how shifts in policy, practice and innovations are helping shape our future. The HELLIN conference is an 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. The conference themes are:
The Future for Lifelong Learning
New Life and Work Trajectories; Re-balancing social and human capital in Lifelong Learning
International policy developments to support Lifelong Learning
The Changing Role of the Lifelong Learning Practitioner
How the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can facilitate access for Lifelong Learners
Emerging practice, methodologies and pedagogies in Lifelong Learning
Partnership and collaboration for Lifelong Learning
How can technology support Lifelong Learning?
Key Note Speaker: Dr. Meg Benke
Keynote Topic: Personalized and Connected Learning
Guided by the three themes of Policy, Practice and Innovation for the Future World, we will examine the future of personalized and connected learning. How do we as lifelong learning educators best prepare for ourselves and our learners? What are new ways to engage with technology and online networks? How do we re-balance for New Life and Work Trajectories? What are Emergent models for the Recognition of Prior Learning and greater collaborations between industry and education? How do we better use data to understand learner success?
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.
Dr. Benke is currently on the Board of Trustees Executive Committee for the International Council on Distance Education which held it’s conference in Ireland this year. In 2013, Dr. Benke was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame http://www.halloffame.outreach.ou.edu/ for her contributions to adult and online learning. Dr. Benke was recognized for the Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual, by the Online Learning Consortium in 2007, and was named in 2010 to its inaugural class of Fellows, for her extraordinary qualifications, significant experience, distinguished service and leadership in the field of online learning. She was president of the board of directors of the OLC for six years. Dr. Benke also served as a commissioner for the Middle States Association for Higher Education, chairing the substantive change committee which oversees areas such as adding online or competency based programs. She participated as a commissioner for the National Commission on Inter-state Regulation of Distance Education which served as a foundation for the development of opening regulations across state borders. See also serves as a member of New York State’s Regents Advisory Council and assisted New York Department of Education for advancing materials for reviewing competency based programs.
Dr. Benke presentations and publications focus on adult learning, online learning, prior learning assessment and progressive education. Recent book chapters include in an edited volume, “Leading Change in Distance Education,” “Optimizing Student Success,” “Leading Beyond the Institution,” “Visualizing and Actionable Future,” and “Game Changers: Education and Information Technology,” edited by Diane Oblinger. “SUNY Empire State College: A Game Changer in Open Learning,” Educause Digital Book.
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.
Conference Sponsor: The National Forum for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is the national body responsible for leading and advising on the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education. It works with those who teach, learn and shape policy and practice to ensure a valued and informed teaching and learning culture in Irish higher education. Its focus is upon the professional development of all those who teach, teaching and learning in a digital world, teaching and learning within and across disciplines, and student success. For more information, please visit www.teachingandlearning.ie or follow @ForumTL.
Accommodation in Waterford
Tower Hotel – https://www.towerhotelwaterford.com/
City centre – on-site parking – 051 862300 / [email protected]
Granville Hotel – https://www.granvillehotel.ie/
City centre – adjacent public parking – 051 305555 / [email protected]
Marina Hotel – https://www.waterfordmarinahotel.com/
City centre – on-site parking – 051 856600 / [email protected]
Viking Hotel – https://www.vikinghotelwaterford.ie/
Walking distance WIT – on-site parking – 051 336933 / [email protected]
Travelodge Hotel – https://www.travelodge.ie/hotels/230/Waterford-hotel
Walking distance WIT – on-site parking – 051 358885 / [email protected]