Actual Demands Based Knowledge Intensive Technological Model for Lifelong Learning Development in Vidzeme Region


Professor Kaspars Osis
Faculty of Engineering
Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA)



Nowadays in extensively changing environment lifelong learning is becoming an integral part of everyday life. All regions in Latvia face a challenge that the capital city is attracting many well educated residents to work there. There is no all-inclusive technological support or roadmap available for adult education in the regions of Latvia that could foster identification and acquisition of required knowledge, skills and serve as uniting element for learning, work and personal time. Thus it is significant to develop a framework encompassing identification of required competencies, technological support for lifelong learning and make it as part of an ongoing process. The goal of the paper is to design a required knowledge and competencies identifying technological model that would serve as a roadmap for lifelong learning stakeholders in the Vidzeme region. The focus of the paper is identifying the major steps and elements required to design and incorporate latter mentioned lifelong learning process and particularly adult education perspective supporting technological model in the Vidzeme region. Literature review has been conducted regarding different adult education supporting technological platforms and adult education processing in European Union's regional context. The necessities and development directions of the Vidzeme region's municipalities in line with national and European Union level initiatives have been researched for the aim of enhancing the efficiency and quality of the region's adult education perspective and capacity. The paper represents the theoretical prerequisites for the qualitative advancement of lifelong learning process in the Vidzeme region and presents lifelong learning stakeholders inclusive technological model that would equip the lifelong learning process with ongoing technological support and sources of actual knowledge and management information.

Short Biography of the Speaker:

Ph.D. Kaspars Osis has 20 years of international professional work experience in ICT industry, specializing on software solutions, project management and consulting enterprise resource planning system modeling and development. He has undergraduate degree in Computer Science from University of Latvia Faculty of Physics and Mathematics. Dr. Osis is a graduate of Central Michigan University majoring in Computer Science and in Business Computing, as well as doctoral studies carried out in Riga Technical University with the focus on Knowledge Management Systems. He has 12 years of academic and research work experience both in Latvia and in the USA and currently he is director of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA) Knowledge and Technology Centre. He also is assistant professor at ViA Faculty of Engineering. Dr. Osis is a member of IEEE.