The Project

From “rhetoric to practice” to “make LLL a reality”. This aim remains a key priority on the European policy agenda while offering crucial challenges in professional practice for all educational institutions and stakeholders. But how can universities do justice to their responsibility and role as “important social actors contributing to the better integration of adult learners, in particular through the recognition of informal and non-formal learning”? How could universities be supported “to invest more in services for learners” and to “better use their partnerships and effectively communicate the results of their cooperative activities”? How can they become truly LLL universities?

The highly praised results of the BeFlex Plus project made clear recommendations in response to these questions and produced excellent training materials as a valuable learning resource targeted at university staff and their partners and stakeholders – both actual and potential – to reflect on their institutional situation, to develop action plans, and to IMPLEMENT changes. The materials cover 5 key topics:  

  • Exploring Diversity in University Lifelong Learning
  • Implementing Institutional Change
  • Curriculum in Partnership
  • Regional Collaboration and Partnership in University Lifelong Learning 
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Over 2 years (January 2011 to December 2012) the IMPLEMENT project aimed to further disseminate and actively exploit the results of the BeFlex Plus project. The approach was based on the idea that the potential for transfer and implementation is strongest when key partners are supported to act as multipliers, to adapt and to work with the materials according to their own needs and the specifics of their home university and national context.  The objectives were:  

  • to add value to the existing training materials on the 5 topics by adapting them to national needs, using them in real training at institutional, national and transnational events, and
  • to develop and deliver an online version of each topic in order to provide a sustainable and dynamic solution for the longer term exploitation of the learning resources and best practice examples.

Follow this link to the project results