ICDE Lillehammer Lifelong Learning Summit 2019, 11-13 February, Lillehammer, Norway



Host: Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN)

The ICDE Lifelong Learning Summit was hosted by Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences in Lillehammer, Norway, 11-13 February 2019.

Summary, Lifelong learning for lifelong employability

Over 300 participants from over 30 countries across the globe met in Lillehammer for the ICDE Lillehammer Lifelong Learning Summit on 11-13 February 2019, with the theme of ‘lifelong learning for lifelong employability.’ The speed of digitalisation is constantly challenging and affecting the ways we work. These challenges require new skills and competencies which again has led to an increasing focus on and demand for lifelong learning by society. This theme is a current trend in todays world and reflects the need for continuous adaption and acquiring of new skills and competencies as decisive factors for developing an inclusive and sustainable working life for us as individuals, us as a society and globally as a community. While digitalisation throws up new challenges, it is also the solution to address these. Through enabling accessibility and flexible delivery of new competency training, lifelong learning can be made available to all. However, these solutions to address societal needs of the work force of tomorrow, requires a close collaboration between providers of higher education, researchers, work life organisations and industries, technology suppliers and businesses.The summit was hosted by ICDE member, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN).

Conference theme and sub-themes

The theme of the conference was ‘Lifelong learning for lifelong employability.’ The conference dealt with themes such as sustainable development goal 4 (SDG4); to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, digitalization, and developing and encouraging competencies for the lifelong learner.

The sub-themes included:

  • SDG 4-inclusion, equality, and empowerment

  • Encouraging self-directed learning and empowerment

  • Learning models in flexible and online learning: The interaction between content, technology, pedagogy and users

  • Open Educational Resources (OER), course portals and MOOCs

  • New pedagogies – participation, co-production and sharing

  • Learning strategies for social and cultural inclusion

  • Policies for new competence needs and employment adjustment

    Quality assurance in lifelong learning, flexible learning

  • Funding and regulations supporting lifelong learning and employability

  • Best practices world-wide

  • Enabling meeting places between work and education

  • Facilitating for career counselling, training and continuing education

  • Towards a sustainable learning organisation


The conference was held over two and a half days and consisted of plenary sessions and simultaneous sessions each day. Morten Flate Paulsen, ICDE Acting Secretary General, and Katherine Skretting, Rector of INN University, opened the conference on the morning of the first day. Dr. Neil Fassina, President of Athabasca University and ICDE Executive Committee member chaired the summit.

Plenary Sessions:

Sessions and keynote speakers can be found below:

Organizing Committee


Program and orgnizational committees



Full programme from the summit can be found here.

Gallery of Video Recap

Highlights Day 1

Highlights Day 2

Conference Recap