Title: Lifelong learning and Independent learning
Presenter and affiliation: Dr. Hayat Mohamed Abdulla Ali – University of Bahrain
                                             Dr. Hayat Abdulla Yusuf – University of Bahrain

Intended Audience: Academic staff
Duration: 1 day: 8:45 AM to 3:00PM
Location: S45-006 ZAIN E-Learning Center, Sakheir Campus, University of Bahrain


This workshop consists mainly of introducing and practicing methods of promoting Independent Learning (IL) that would lead to Lifelong Learning (LLL) in Higher Education (HE).

Part I aims at providing the participants with knowledge of IL and its importance in HE, characteristics of independent learners, and benefits of IL. The participants will also be exposed to the different practical techniques toward promoting IL in HE.

Part II aims at introducing LL concepts to participants, identifying the main skills and related knowledge, and helping participants evaluate their own LL skills and identify approaches to enhance their students LL abilities.

During this workshop participants will be involved in several activities directly related to the workshop learning outcomes. For example, assessing their own LL skills, and designing LL prompting learning activities and approaches specific to their discipline.

Learning Outcomes:

After the completion of the function, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define the concept of independent learning
  2. Identify the benefits of independent learning
  3. Develop ways to promote independent learning in teaching practices
  4. Explain Life Long Learning (LL) professional knowledge and practice
  5. Identify approaches to developing students LL skills
  6. Assess LL learning skills
  7. Design problems targeting LL

Link to UK Professional Standard Framework (PSF):

This workshop should provide participants with knowledge within the area of teaching (A2). It will also support students through enforcing the LL and self-directed learning (SDL) and recognizing the  appropriate methods to apply LL and SDL (K2, K3). Such approaches promote student participation and maintain sustainability of learning in Higher Education (V1, V2).