Feedback from Learners

A Second Cross-Canada Study of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition This study presents the views of adult learners about PLAR. The learners fall into two groups: those who participated in PLAR and those who received an orientation to PLAR but did not proceed with assessment. The authors synthesize these perspectives with a review of the […]

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Halifax Declaration for RPL

A Legacy from the Joint National Conference for Prior Learning and Quality Recognition – Building Canada’s Future Prosperity. A Call to Action! As part of this conference, several processes and activities were put in place to solicit the views of the conference participants and their ideas for a plan of action. The conference participant survey […]

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NALL – Various Projects and Resources

NALL (New Approaches to Lifelong Learning) NALL, as part of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), under the leadership of Dr. David Livingstone, has done research on informal learning and PLAR between 1997 and 2001. NALL’s basic objectives are to document current relations between informal learning and formal/nonformal education, identify major social barriers […]

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Developing Benchmarks for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition – Practitioners’ Perspectives

Benchmarks The aim of this benchmarking study was to develop and promote national benchmarks for PLAR practitioners in Canada. The study reviews Canadian PLAR practices and the benchmarking process. It also analyzes the climate for benchmarks, discusses PLAR policy development and presents a mechanism for validating the competence of PLAR practitioners. A practitioners’ guide was […]

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A Slice of the Iceberg: Cross-Canada Study on Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

The purpose of the Cross-Canada Study on PLAR is to elicit valid information on PLAR in Canada and to observe whether PLAR lowers the waterline on the “iceberg” by increasing recognition of informal learning. It is hoped that the information provided will assist institutions, governments, adult learners and workplaces with their decision-making on the funding, […]

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PLAR “Values” Statements

NALL (New Approaches to Lifelong Learning) PLAR “Values” Statements reports on a very small survey about values associated with PLAR, the risks from PLAR and the future for PLAR in Canada. Those surveyed came from business, chartered accountancy, community colleges, an equity group, the First Nations Technical Institute, the labour movement, secondary schools and other […]

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