Wednesday 01 June 2016

13:00 Registration (School of Nursing Building, foyer)

15:30 Parallel Sessions (School of Nursing Building, breakout rooms)

  1. Welcome Session for eucen’s Newcomers. Ahidoba de Franchi, Secretary General of eucen and Carme Royo, Executive Director of eucen
  2. Open forum. Charo Romano, University Rovira i Virgili, ES and Tamer Atabarut, Boğaziçi University, TR
  3. National Networks forum – participation upon invitation. Kari Seppälä, Vice-President of eucen

16:30 Refreshments Break (School of Nursing Building, foyer)

17:00 Welcome (School of Nursing Building HG22)

  • Françoise de Viron, President of eucen
  • Maria Slowey, Director, Higher Education Research Centre, Dublin City University
  • Voyages and Visions: Lifelong Learning in Ireland – Higher Education and Lifelong Learning Ireland Network (HELLIN). Rob Mark, Dublin City University, Cliodhna O’Callaghan, University College Cork, Helen Casey, NUG, Helen Murphy, Waterford- WIT, Duncan Morrow, University of Ulster and Ann Ledwith, University of Limerick.

18:10 eucen’s 25th Anniversary (School of Nursing Building, HG22) – Chair: Françoise de Viron

An address from eucen former presidents:

  • Peter von Mitschke-Collande, University of Hannover (DE)
  • Manuel Assunção, Rector, University of Aveiro (PT)
  • Andrea Waxenegger, Director Centre for CE, University of Graz (AT)

eucen milestones in the last decade – Chair: Kari Seppälä

Getting a grip on University Lifelong Learning in Europe: eucen’s methodologies for implementation [Presentation]

  • Françoise de Viron, current President of eucen
  • Beate Hörr, University of Mainz (DE)

Recognition and experience validation as a key element of social dimension in universities over the last decade. An overview by eucen [Presentation]

  • Jean-Marie Filloque, University of Brest (FR)
  • Pat Davies, Independent expert (FR)

Video presentation: eucen. Search. Learn. Share – Chair: Françoise de Viron

19:40 Welcome Reception (DCU Staff Common Room, 1838)

Thursday 02 June 2016

08:30 Registration continues (School of Nursing Building, foyer)

09:00 Formal Opening Session (School of Nursing Building, HG22)

  • Introductions: Maria Slowey, Director of Higher Education Research Centre, Dublin City University
  • Welcome: Brian MacCraith, President, Dublin City University
  • 48th eucen conference: Françoise de Viron, eucen President

09:30 Plenary session I – Chair: Maria Slowey

  • Tom Boland, Chief Executive, Higher Education Authority (HEA):  Reconceptualising higher education for lifelong learning [Presentation]
  • Margie Waters, Deputy Head of DG Education and Culture Unit B, European Commission: Lifelong learning – meeting individual and societal needs [Presentation]
  • John Field, Visiting Professorial Fellow, Department of Adult Education and Further Education, Universität zu Köln and Emeritus Professor of Lifelong Learning, University of Stirling: Mobilities and border crossing: challenges for equity and access in university continuing education [Abstract]

11:00 Refreshments Break (School of Nursing Building, foyer)

11:30 Parallel Sessions 1 (School of Nursing Building, breakout rooms)

  • CROSSING PRACTICE BORDERS (Part I)Chair: Pat Davies, Independent Expert (FR)
    • Integrating Cultural Diversity into Higher Education: an Irish perspective, Bernie Grummell, Maynooth University (IE)
    • Crossing disciplinary borders to prepare students for Higher Education, Camilla Priede, University of Sheffield (UK)
  •  INNOVATIVE BOUNDARY CROSSING PARTNERSHIPS (Part I)Chair: Edith Kröber, University of Stuttgart (DE)
    • Equality and quality – how do different stakeholders regard the kindergarten as a learning arena in workplace based early childhood teacher education?, Tove Lafton and Anne Furu, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science (NO)
    • Supports, Barriers, and Online Learning Preferences of Indigenous University Students, Patrick Walton, Thompson Rivers University (CA)
    • Creating Global Partnerships: Strategies for Non-profit Organizations’ Systematic and Sustainable Initiatives for Adult and Continuing Education Associations, Leslie A. Cordie, Auburn University (USA) [Presentation]
  •  NEW LANGUAGES IN TEACHING AND LEARNINGChairs: Claire Sallic and Roseline Le Squere, University of South Brittany (FR) [Summary of conclusions]
    • Teaching sign language in French Universities, Eric Agbessi, Blai Pascale University (FR) [Video]
    • Online Courses to support Lifelong Learning for Higher Education students, Felix Buendía-García, Polytechnic University of Valencia (ES) [Presentation]
    • Designing Curriculum in a Digital Society, Angela Scanlon and Colette Murphy, Ulster University (UK) [Presentation]
    • Feeding the Boundaries for Innovative Scientific Communication, Giuseppe Scaratti, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (IT)
  • COMMIT – LEARNING ACTIVITY, Balázs Németh, University of Pécs (HU) and Maria Slowey and Esther Murphy, Dublin City University (IE)

13:00 Lunch (Main restaurant)

Poster Exhibition (School of Nursing Building, foyer)

  • Adult Education in 1916: University College Cork and the Irish Labour Movement, Griffin Murray, University College Cork (IE) [Poster]
  • Crossing borders between education and companies in the innovative field of Agro-based materials : implementation of an “Occupational Skills and Capabilities Observatory”, Sandrine Bonnet, University Lille 1 (FR) [Poster]

14:20 Plenary Session II: The Social Dimension in Higher Education (Nursing Building, HG22) – Chair: Edith Kroeber, University of Stuttgart (DE)


  • Policy reminders from the COMMIT project, Kari Seppälä, University of Turku (FI) [Presentation]


  • Anne Ryan, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (IE)
  • Leslie Cordie, Auburn University and  Director, Commission of Affiliated Organizations, AAACE – American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
  • Margie Waters, Deputy Head of DG Education and Culture Unit B, European Commission
  • Peter von Mitschke-Collande, University of Hannover (DE)
  • Esther Murphy, Higher Education Research Centre, Dublin City University for UNIBILITY and ESRALE (IE)

Round of Questions and Answers

15:40 Refreshments Break

16:00 Parallel Sessions 2 (School of Nursing Building, breakout rooms)

  • CROSSING PRACTICE BORDERS (Part II)Chair: Tamer Atabarut, Bogazici University (TR)
    • Reinforcing innovative ecosystems through University Continuing Education accessible for various groups of adult learners, Arnaud Termonia and Jennifer Le Van, Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE)
    • Opening up Higher Education by Crossing Borders: Reflections on a German Initiative, Ida Stamm, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (DE) [Presentation]
    • Art and research, a way of analyzing intercultural matters in France, Eric Agbessi, Blai Pascale University (FR) [Video]
    • Exploring Progression Routes through Higher Education: A Reflection on Practice, Abbie McKenna, Angela Scanlon and Lorraine Lavery-Bowen, Ulster University (UK) [Presentation]
    • Lifelong Learning as a chance to better integrate immigrants in the EU labour market, Izabela Buchowicz, Warsaw School of Economics (PL) [Presentation]
    • Preparing for the future or promoting social inequity? Investigating digital capabilities of prospective university students, Laura Delgaty, Newcastle University (UK) [Presentation]
    • Autism Studies Online: Crossing Borders in Adult Education Online – a Journey from live to virtual teaching and learning, Clíodhna O’Callaghan, University College Cork (IE)
  • INNOVATIVE BOUNDARY CROSSING PARTNERSHIPS (Part II) Chair: Rob Mark, Dublin City University (IE)
    • Promising Pacific Pedagogy: A University of Hawaii Longitudinal Case Study of Cultural and Political Border Crossing, Deborah K. Zuercher, Jon Yoshioka,  Lori Fulton and Joseph Zilliox, University of Hawaii at Manoa (USA) [Presentation]
    • Breaking Down Barriers and Borders to Create the Age Friendly University, Maria Slowey and Rob Mark, Dublin City University (IE), Richard Knopf, Arizona State University (USA), and Craig Talmage, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (USA)
    • Navigating epistemological borders, Anne Ryan and Conor Murphy, Maynooth University (IE) [Presentation]
    • “I could never have designed an assessment that would have captured that!” Curriculum Innovation as bridging, bonding and lifelong learning, Annabel Kiernan, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) [Presentation]
  • CROSSINGS BORDERS BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES AND ENTERPRISES. Chair: Peter von Mitschke-Collande,, University of Hannover (DE)
    • From Student to Employee – Designing A Professional Curriculum, Deborah Sloan, Ulster University (UK) [Presentation]
    • Collaboration to promote working-life oriented open higher education, Merja Karjalainen, University of Jyväskylä (FI) [Presentation]
    • Crossing borders between working period and training session for Hospital managers, Lionel Genetelli, University Lille 1 (FR) [Presentation]
    • Innovation in education and at work: Learning, border crossing and partnership, Karen Marie Eid Kaarby, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science (NO)
  • SNAPSHOT PRESENTATIONS. Chair: Carme Royo, eucen (BE)
      • Opening up Higher Education to Vocationally Qualified People in Germany – Political and Didactical Conclusions, Uwe Elsholz, University of Hagen (DE)
      • The DAEU program, a sustainable and efficient way to cross the border of French high education for adult learners: results and perspectives, Jean-Marie Filloque, University of Brest (FR) [Presentation]
      • Engaging and Inspiring Adult learners: Overcoming Obstacles in Cross-Cultural Audiences, Dolores Ruiz-Lozano, EAE Business School (ES) [Presentation]
      • MOOCs: new opportunities for lifelong learning, Galina Mozhaeva, Tomsk State University (RU) [Presentation]
      • eu : Low-cost Production of MOOCs, Brian Mulligan, Institute of Technology Sligo (IE) [Presentation]
      • Vanishing borders between managers and experts – Investigating business and learning activities in companies, Ilona Grubliauskaite, SAP SE (DE)
      • Regulating Students’ Attention, Emotion, and Cognition: Foundational Training, Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, San Diego State University (USA) [Presentation]
      • Higher Education and access for students from under-represented groups at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York, Susan Dunkle, Medaille College (USA) [Presentation]
      • Designing systems which acknowledge the differing perspectives of the main actors in Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) through a study of their values, beliefs and assumptions, Phil O’leary, Cork Institute of Technology (IE) [Presentation]
      • Building Sustainable Educator & Employer partnerships: Translating Education and Research to ensure Sustainable Quality Management Practice, Ann Ledwith, University of Limerick (IE) [Presentation]

19:30 Welcome drinks at Clontarf Castle Hotel

20:00 Conference Dinner at Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin with traditional Irish music and dancing: eucen through 25 years. Pat Davies, former Executive Secretary of eucen

Friday 03 June 2016

09:00 General Assemblyfor eucen members only (School of Nursing Building, HG22)

11:00 Refreshments Break (School of Nursing Building, foyer)

11:15 Conference Conclusions (School of Nursing Building, HG22) – Chair: Françoise de Viron, eucen President – Reflections and conclusions

11:30 Plenary session III  – Chair: Seamus O’Tuama, Director, Adult Continuing Education, University College Cork

          • Professor Alan B. Knox, Professor Emeritus of education leadership, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA: Performance quartet: world music and collaborative boundary crossing for continuing higher education [Abstract]

12:20 Presentation on the next eucen events

          • 2016 Autumn Seminar “Digitalisation in University Continuing Education”, Ahidoba de Franchi, Secretary General of eucen
          • 2017 Annual Conference, Beate Hörr, Director of the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Mainz (DE)

12:40 Closing

14:00 Optional social programme: Walk in historic Dublin and study tour to Trinity College Dublin

17:30  Tour ends at a typical Dublin pub (the pub serves food for those who wish to stay and have dinner)