J. Fabus, V. Fabusova, P. Kolarovszki, J. Tengler

Zilina University (SLOVAKIA)
The paper is devoted to describe how was created map of lifelong learning in Slovakia. The main objective was to create a clear map of the institutions with information that would be for prospective students of lifelong learning relevant and would be able to decide whether or not to visit the institutions. The research was oriented to institutions that offer accredited study programs in various areas. We also analysed the current state of software for creating thematic maps, and the state of lifelong learning in Slovakia and abroad. We included to the analysis only those software that are best known for creating maps. Lifelong learning in Slovakia and abroad was analysed from the perspective of government institutions that deal with this area. There were included basic information about institutions such as name, address, focus of institutions, availability online, the number of study programs and the year of foundation. These data were obtained on the basis of three analyses. At the beginning, we analysed the demographic aspects which determined the research area. The next were the institutions of lifelong learning, which we analysed according to selected parameters of the research. This research was evaluated in figures and tables. Finally, we analysed the software that could be used in the creation of maps. Thanks to these three analysis we entered obtained data into the map of lifelong learning. Map of lifelong learning is available online. As we have created the first map of lifelong learning in Slovakia, we can say that it is significant mainly for society and people who should relatively have the interest to improve and educate themselves in various fields.