For over 20 years, our program (originally named Learning in Retirement), has provided the Ottawa community with affordable opportunities to learn for personal satisfaction. In March 2021, we changed the program name to the Lifelong Learning Program, also known as LLeaP. Read this page and this article for more information about us, our participants, our lecturers and programming.

The program is open to adults of all ages. We are part of Carleton University’s Centre for Initiatives in Education. Our participants are part of a community of lifelong learners who enjoy engaging lectures and discussions on topics of common interest. There are no prerequisites, exams or assignments, required readings, or grades.

Each session offers a number of unique lecture series and workshops, taught by experts in their field. Typically, two six-week-long sessions are offered each fall (September – December), as well as one in the winter (January – February), and two in the spring (March – June). In the spring and fall sessions, single lecture presentations (two hours each) are also offered in the daytime and evenings.

Lecture topics include art history, music, science, politics, history, religion, social studies, philosophy, memoir writing, and more. Language and writing workshops are offered regularly, in small class settings. Registered participants of the Lifelong Learning Program will soon enjoy borrowing privileges at Carleton’s MacOdrum library again, and will be notified when this service resumes.

Lectures and workshops are most often located on Carleton’s main campus or our two satellite locations: Carleton’s new Dominion-Chalmers Centre (at Lisgar and O’Connor) and CU@Kanata (at 350 Leggett Drive). Some off-campus locations, such as the National Gallery of Canada, downtown Ottawa (for walking tours), and the greenbelt have also been used to offer enriching lectures/workshops.

Read what participants have said about the program, the offerings and the lecturers:

    • I love the opportunity to attend such classes. Since there are no exams, no assignments, I can spend as much effort as I want, dive deeper, or skip areas that interest me less. I get what I put into it.
    • I’m a huge fan of [LLeaP], and wish more people knew about it. It’s one of the really attractive things about living in Ottawa.
    • I think the program is excellent. I like that over the years lecturers have included retired profs, current profs, post-grads (i.e. PhD candidates) and non-academics with specific interests or expertise.
    • The lecturers know their subject matter, are friendly and approachable, willing to answer questions, and organized. I’m really happy I found the program.
    • The program and offerings are marvelous and cover a wide array of topics. The staff are terrific and very responsive to questions etc.  Altogether, the entire program is an Ottawa gem!

Explore our current and upcoming offerings via our lectures and workshops page. You can read some of the feedback for our new online format here. Questions? See our FAQ page.

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