Higher education transformation towards lifelong learning in a digital era–a scoping literature review

Marcia Håkansson Lindqvist, Peter Mozelius, Jimmy Jaldemark, Martha Cleveland Innes

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In the ongoing shift to a knowledge society, the idea of a technology-enabled lifelong learning has frequently been discussed. The shift also requires a transformation of higher education with new forms for teaching and learning deployment. This ongoing transformation was formulated in a research question that has guided this study: 1) Which key themes of lifelong learning emerge from higher education literature? This study was carried out as a scoping literature review to map literature in the field. Findings from a thematic analysis pointed out seven main themes or perspectives: The Policy perspective, The Value perspective, The Employability perspective, The Reform perspective, The Collaborative perspective, The Student perspective and The Workplace learning and Professional development perspectives. Five publications of the 26 selected publications from the literature search will be further used and analysed as part of a Delphi study. This Delphi study will involve a group of leading researchers in the field of lifelong learning as an expert panel to further explore and expand the key themes of lifelong learning in higher education and digital trends in higher education reforms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-38
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Lifelong Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • Lifelong learning
  • higher education reform
  • technology enhanced learning


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