Recognizing Learning 2018 Conference:
Caring for adults using tools, systems and policies to make it happen
Recognizing skills and competencies is a priority in Canada. Our future prosperity depends upon our ability to assess and recognize the learning of all our citizens and newcomers. Don’t miss a great opportunity to hear how others are creating new systems, using effective tools and enhancing policies to give adults in transition every opportunity to reach their personal and professional goals.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is a philosophy and a practice with immense value for those who work with adults. The main principle is that everyone has knowledge and skills that can, and should, be recognized. You can help adults identify and prove their learning by using reliable tools and supportive systems that take into account the unique needs of adults. Whether transferring academic credits, seeking completion of a formal diploma or submitting workplace competencies to employers for recognition, the use of quality RPL tools, systems and policies can make it happen for the adults who come to our organizations, institutions and agencies.
CAPLA has been showcasing the five ‘need to know’ areas associated with quality RPL practice – Advising, Assessing, Tools, Systems and Policies. This year we will focus on the three remaining domains:
TOOLS: enhancing website messages about evaluating skills • choosing a preferable assessment method
SYSTEMS: positioning learning recognition as part of recruitment, admissions or certification • making your procedures adult-friendly
POLICIES: identifying goals and using RPL to address issues about access, immigration, lifelong learning and workforce development • moving towards a preferred future
Whether you are new to RPL or an experienced professional, we know the event will be an important opportunity you won’t want to miss. Network with others in the field and take home helpful resources to use within your professional practice. Helping people to achieve their educational and employment dreams is everybody’s business. So join us in Toronto this November.
Instructions for Workshop Presentation Submissions
In 2016, CAPLA’s fall event identified five major areas associated with the practice of recognition of prior learning (RPL):
In 2017 we focused on advising and assessing. This year the remaining three areas will be the theme of the event: TOOLS, SYSTEMS and POLICIES.
a) What do we mean by RPL TOOLS?
Tools used in the practice of RPL include but are not limited to:
b) What do we mean by RPL SYSTEMS?
Systems associated with RPL could include:
c) What do we mean by RPL POLICIES?
Policies to facilitate RPL systems involve:
CAPLA is looking for innovative practices and real-life success stories from people who are committed to continuous improvement in relation to the Tools, Systems and Policies they use to facilitate RPL. Submissions should be specific to one or more of the three areas and may relate to
Each submission will be reviewed by members of CAPLA’s Education and Training Advisory Committee. Presenters from Canada and abroad are invited to submit a variety of presentations that are interactive, focused on positive outcomes (or lessons learned), transferable and associated with quality practice in the area of RPL Tools, Systems and Policies. The main factors to be considered by the Committee for selection of proposals will be:
Workshop attendance is voluntary and is influenced by the needs and interests of the participants.
Preparing Your Workshop Submission
Workshops are one hour in length and will provide an opportunity to hear about different activities, research studies, new publications and projects in the field of RPL, specific to TOOLS, SYSTEMS or POLICIES.
Presenters will be notified of their presentation acceptance on or before July 13, 2018. If for unforeseen reasons, a presentation must be cancelled, the presenter should contact the Conference Secretariat, Agenda Managers at or 1-877-731-1333 as soon as possible so the space may be filled.
Be part of a pan-Canadian international conference with an opportunity to exchange information with those in career counselling, education and training, human resources management, immigration and settlement, qualification recognition and licensure.
All presenters are eligible for the reduced presenter’s registration fee. The number of presenters in each workshop eligible for the reduced presenters’ registration fee will be limited to four people.