Life Long Learning in Applied Fields (LLAF) is one of the selected TEMPUS IV Sixth Call programs that involves 16 different institutions located in 8 different countries collaborating to address the challenge of academic institutions to maintain their relevancy in the topics that they teach by developing new curriculum that has at its foundation the capacity to provide students with tools and skills for new professional developments and innovation, concentrating on communities of learners and on work within and with communities.
LLAF is a unique and innovative project which combines capacity building for international collaboration with curricular reform for Lifelong Learning in several professional applied fields, such as Health Care, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Optometry, Education, Photographic Communication and Computer Sciences. The European and Israeli consortium members are academic institutions aiming to promote lifelong learning by developing higher education curricula directed at constructing novel teaching/learning approaches of Evidence Based Practice and Learning (EBP & EBL), Team Based Learning (TBL) and New Learning Environments (NLE), some of which already practiced by the expert members from the EU institutes supporting the curricula development effort.
Our contribution will be in the development of new syllabi, courses and activities in LLL, which build on existing promising initiatives in the partner universities, but develop and disseminate them so that they are seen as an indispensable part of the curriculum entitlement of all students, including students in the applied fields and professionals practicing in these fields. Each LLAF member is committed to creating new learning environments (NLE) that overcome this critical inadequacy between current educational goals and instructional methods. Based on the constructivist pedagogy, NLE are suggested in order to engage learners in knowledge construction, which is carried out by modeling tasks in real-world contexts while enhancing students' ability to regulate their learning. The new curricula will help develop new skills and competencies, adaptability, flexibility, self-reliance, teamwork and innovation are now the required qualities for the contemporary workplace.
Tempus project, launched December 2013, aims to achieve its objectives in
developing and piloting models for training students in Lifelong Learning and
promoting meaningful NLE activities in healthcare and other applied fields as a
powerful means for improving student's ability to transfer knowledge, concepts
and skills learned in class to real-life context.