Lifelong Learning: Principles for Designing University Education

Stefan Cronholm
Journal of Information Technology Education: Research  •  Volume 20  •  2021  •  pp. 035-060

Due to the rapid development of digital technology, create knowledge to support the development of education for lifelong learning.

There is a lack of normative and prescriptive support that can guide the development of education concerning lifelong learning.

Design science research, interviews, grounded theory and root-cause analysis.

Contribution to practice: A master program in Information Systems that supports lifelong learning. Contribution to theory: Advancements on design knowledge that can guide the development of education programs concerning rapid advancements in digital technology.

Five design principles: consider rapid development of digital technology, balance time-consuming bureaucratic procedures with companies’ demands for speedy access to modern courses, simplify procedures for students applying with work experience qualifications, implement plans for competence development of teachers, and base courses on rigour and relevance.

Companies could enter the whole education program or select interesting courses or course modules.

The design principles should be considered when research on guidance concerning lifelong learning for adult learners is conducted.

Lifelong learning enhances social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development, as well as competitiveness and employability.

Further validation of the design principles in order to create knowledge that can support the development of education for lifelong learning.

lifelong learning, design principles, development of study programs, academy-industry collaboration
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