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Lifelong Learning University
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The University of Tartu (UT) is a classical research university established in 1632. UT sees its mission in contributing to the development of society through its research and education opportunities. The University of Tartu has also a long traditions in LLL. Today the UT is the biggest CE provider in Estonia organising more than 1600 courses with over 32000 participants each year for very wide target groups starting from pupils and ending with elderly people. The university also organises short courses for international audience both face to face and e-courses. The LLL Centre is responsible for development and coordination of CE at the UT. Each year the centre compose the agenda for development activities and identifies the learning needs of CE staff. The main development activities for next period are (1) quality assurance of continuing education, (2) develop new attractive CE programmes based on academic curricula for local and international students and learners for Summer and Winter University and (3) working out new e-continuing education courses for adult people, including courses in English and creation of new open access e-courses (MOOCs) for international audience. Regarding the learning needs there has been emerged the need for international experience in connection with new developments and lack of English language skills at higher level as well as management including staff motivation and team-work skills. To support these developments 3 different activities for staff development and training are planned within this project: 1. Participation in LLL related conference preceded or followed by the meeting(s) in local educational institution(s) (5 persons) 2. Study visits (9 persons) 3. Staff training courses (3 persons) The training courses are meant either for development of competence in English language or adult education management and study visits to broaden the knowledge of LLL activities in European dimension. The target group for mobility activities are people who are dealing with adult education, eg CE programme managers, coordinators, adult educators. For the best results and higher impact the participants will be chosen according to the (1) university needs, (2) participants role in strategic development activities, (3) participant motivation to learn and (4) his/her willingness to communicate acquired knowledge to colleagues. Each group of study visits will be composed as a rule that it consist of participants with different expertise and know-how (e-learning, quality assurance, APEL, composing programmes, financing etc) which supports the broaden new knowledge of participants in both visiting and hosting institutions. The main outcome for our staff is to improve skills and get new ideas which gives a good input to increase participants' motivation and satisfaction in daily work and encourage them to become a real lifelong learner whose habit is to acquire new knowledge daily. For the institution it would help to rise awareness and quality of services regarding LLL activities and become a good example of international LLL University. The host institutions of study visits in different countries will enhance their knowledge on Estonian educational system and the LLL activities in University of Tartu as well as in Estonia. We share best practices and try to find out best solutions for both organisations during the discussions. After each visit the dissemination seminars will be organised: (1) seminar within the LLL Centre to give the overview and discuss the topics more deeply and (2) open seminar for all CE managers and course providers of the faculties and colleges of the University of Tartu. The most interesting topics will be discussed also in the meeting of the Estonian Network for University Continuing Education. The activities encourage partnership and support collaboration in local and international level, gives an opportunity to learn from each other and share experience. In general the the awareness of LLL activities in all participating countries will rise. The desired impact of this mobility project for the University of Tartu is to become a real LLL University and therefore better respond to the needs of society.
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