Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment, in cooperation with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges presented

Fall Focus Workshop
and Annual General Meeting
November 24 – 25, 2005
Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

CAPLA Fall Focus Presentations

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Conference Program
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Thursday, November 24
Plenary Session
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM  NOVEMBER 24

Presenter Sandie Birkhead-Kirk, Assistant Deputy Minister (A), Labour Market and Training Division, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Introduction to Workshop Themes
Public Policy-PLAR and QR in Ontario

Presenter Sandie Birkhead-Kirk; Assistant Deputy Minister (A), Labour Market and Training Division, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

College and University Updates, Issues and Systems

Presenters Joan McArthur-Blair, President of Nova Scotia Community College; Christine Wihak, Assistant Professor, Workplace and Adult Learning, the University of Calgary

PLAR/FCR Integrated Systems

Presenter L. Andrew Cardozo, Executive Director, The Alliance of Sector Councils (TASC)

Adult Learning Theory and Practice

Presenter Bernard Normand, Director General, Institut de coopération pour l’éducation des adultes (ICÉA)

Concurrent Workshops
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM  NOVEMBER 24
Provincial and Territorial Recognition of Prior Learning Policy Update
Making Fundamental Change to
Adult Learning in Nunavut

Presenter Bruce Rigby, Senior Advisor for Adult Learning, Department of Education, Nunavut

State of PLAR at Alberta's Post-Secondary Institutions

Presenter Lucille Walter, Chair, Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer

Recognition and Assessment in Colleges

Presenters Bryn Jones, President, ICDL Canada; Joyce Irving, Program Administrator, Continuing Education, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning; Darlene Cadeau, Professor, School of Computer and Engineering Technology ICDL Administrator ICDL Tester, Cambrian College

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
Practitioner PLAR Program

Presenter Rita Seipp, Program Head and Lead Developer, OH&S, SIAST

Institutional and International PLAR Research and Development
The Adult Learning Friendly Institution (ALFI)
Self Evaluation Project

Presenter Paul Zakos, Project Manager and Manager, PLA, First Nations Technical Institute

Super Session 1
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM  NOVEMBER 24
This workshop panel will be important for those participants wanting to develop or enhance PLAR systems in their institutions and organizations. Panel presenters from both the college and university sectors will provide examples of policies, procedures and personal insights into the internal and external environment which need to be taken into account, when introducing recognition and assessment activities for non-classroom learning. Panelists include:
Strategic Implementation –
College and University Policies and Procedures Panel
Adopting a PLAR Policy? Consider the Impact!

Presenter Kim Orynik, PLAR Coordinator, SIAST Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology

Considering PLAR – At the Beginning

Presenter Susan Salusbury, Registrar, Trent University

3 P's Of PLAR at UNB Fredericton

Presenter David Hinton, Registrar, University of New Brunswick (Fredericton); Vice-President, Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada

Are Policies Enough? Moving from PLAR Policies to System Implementation

Presenter Deb Blower, PLAR Facilitator, Red River College

The Policies and Procedures Database on
Wondering which institution in a particular province has PLAR policies and procedures that work for you?

Presenter Gail Hall, RFL Coordinator

Super Session 2
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM  NOVEMBER 24
This panel will explore the concept of portfolio learning and will consist of experts, familiar with electronic and paperless versions, skills and learning passports and profiles, and portfolios for professional competencies. Emphasis will be on curriculum and delivery ideas. Panelists include:
Portfolio Development Courses and Curriculum Considerations
Using Learning Portfolios in University Programs
"A Learning Portfolio Can..."

Presenter Gaelyne MacAulay, PLA Services Coordinator Workplace Education PEI: Using Portfolios as a tool in University Programs

Positioning Portfolio on the PLAR Continuum

Presenter Douglas Myers, Executive Director, Halifax PLA Centre

The Portfolio College

Presenter Dave White, Director, Portfolio Learning, Nova Scotia Community College

The Learning Record

Presenter Peter Donkers, Executive Director of Campus Canada

ePortfolio for Skilled Immigrants

Presenter Don Presant, President, Learning Agents for the Learning Innovations Forum (LIfIA) project

Skills and Knowledge Profile

Presenter Jen Liptrot, Executive Director, A Commitment to Training and Employment for Women (ACTEW)

Concurrent Workshops
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM  NOVEMBER 24
Assessing Learning Against Standards
Prior Learning Assessment for
Medical Laboratory Technologists

Presenter Christine Nielsen, Director of Certification, Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science

PLAR for Internationally Educated Nurses:
One Ontario University-Based Initiative

Presenter Martha Ireland, Manager, Support Services, Distance Education, The G.Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education

Examining the Human Resources Implications of PLAR
PLAR & the HR Practice

Presenter Ken Kowalski, Program Coordinator, Manitoba Civil Service Commission

Work and Lifelong Learning (WALL)
Canadian Adults' Interest in Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR): A 2004 National Survey

Presenter Dr. David Livingstone, Head, Centre for the Study of Education and Work, OISE/UoT

Friday, November 25
Concurrent Workshops
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM  NOVEMBER 25
Information Update on Research Projects for Immigrants
Colleges Integrating Immigrants
to Employment (CIITE) Project

Presenter William Radford, Executive Director, CIITE

Pan-Canadian Sector Council & Immigrant Dialogue

Presenter Bernadette Beaupré, Executive Director, Ontario Network of Employment Skills Training Projects (ONESTEP)

Brain Gain and Learning Losses:
An Interim Report on the Gateways Project

Presenters Jane Arscott, Human Services Program Coordinator, University of Athabasca; Ingrid Crowther, Team Leader, Gateway Project, University of Athabasca

Canadian Council on Learning –
Knowledge Centres Dialogue

Presenters Judith Potter, Executive Director, University of New Brunswick College of Extended Learning and lead organization for the Canadian Council on Learning Adult Learning Knowledge Centre; Shirley Seward, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Labour and Business Centre, Lead Organization for the CCL Work and Learning Knowledge Centre; François Lamontague, Senior Researcher, CLBC

Access to Learning for Working Adults

Presenters Carol Hawkins, Manitoba Centre for Education and Work; Janet Dassinger, Executive Director, Labour Education Centre

Concurrent Workshops
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM  NOVEMBER 25
Update on Recognition of Prior Learning
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition: An Update

Presenter Susan Veilleux, Manager, Office of Learning Technologies, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Internationally Trained Workers Initiative (ITWI)

Presenter Jean Seguin, Director, Special Initiatives and Outreach, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

The FCR Program

Presenter David Moore, Director, FCR Program, HRSDC

Cognitive and Epistemological Development and PLAR

Presenter Christine Wihak, Assistant Professor, Workplace and Adult Learning, the University of Calgary

Sector Councils Foreign Credential Recognition(FCR) Activities
Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council's (CAMC) Prior Learning and Foreign Credential Assessment and Recognition Project

Presenters Barbara Kirby, Manager of Accreditation, Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council; Jake Bruneau, Senior Project Manager, PLFCAR Project

Development of a Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) System for Non-regulated Professions

Presenter Philip Mondor, Vice President and Director of Development, Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

Closing Plenary
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM  NOVEMBER 25
The Joy of Learning: The Poetics and Mechanics of PLA

Presenter Arpi Hamalian, Chairperson, Sectoral Commission on Education, Canadian Commission to UNESCO. Associate Professor, Department of Education, Concordia University


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