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A model proven successful for lifelong learning – The Case of Addisco, Norway: Open and distance learning for human capacity building in the industry sector: The Case of Addisco, Norway: Open and distance learning for human capacity building in the industry sector
Addisco, , .
Addisco, , .
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2011 (English)In: 24 ICDE World Conference 2011, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Addisco Education Company operates in the area of Life Long Learning and Open Distance Learning. It is owned by the Union for Management and Technology. In 1992 the union reached an agreement with employers on setting up a special "fund" for financing continuing education of its members. It was envisioned that the future would be characterized by globalization and radical change in all sectors of industry. This would create new demands on the employees, who needed to continuously re-educate themselves in order to be competitive. Addisco offered the workers opportunities to acquire knowledge that either renewed their basic skills or complemented their current knowledge. One of the challenges was to arrange continuing education that was flexible enough. The members have extensive practical experience, but they lack documentation. This was a big challenge and the start of a unique piece of history in ODL and human capacity building. The goal is to improve the attractiveness (employability) in an open job market by providing the best university courses for adults. Today, Addisco offers education from vocational education to Master’s degrees. Approximately 700 persons use this service every year. Quality is measured based on whether the participant gets new more qualified job tasks, a new job after graduation or, alternatively if they feel that they acquired greater confidence in the work situation. We have identified some success variables that are critical for LLL and ODL targeting adult learners in the industry sector: 1. Acknowledge the employees' work based knowledge. Connect theoretical understanding with the individual's experiences. Use individual counseling and group discussions. Facilitate learning by sharing each other’s experiences. 2. Take the employee's whole life situation into account. Adapt training and provide professional support structures. The individual's time for continuing education is a scarcity factor. 3. The employees should be able to use their knowledge directly in the work situation. Applied course projects have resulted in major changes of quality systems in multinational companies. Thousands of industrial workers receive continuing education through Addisco´s model for further education, which improves both life quality and business competitiveness

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Lifelong learning, Open education, Flexible education, Public – private partnerships
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Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67090OAI: diva2:469515
Available from: 2011-12-26 Created: 2011-12-26

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