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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A Student’s Guide to PLA

PLA Consumer’s Guide This short resource itemizes the items an individual should look for in a service from a training agency or educational institution offering PLA. Development Date: 2001 Author(s): FuturEd Inc. Download 

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Developing Benchmarks for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

The aim of the study was to develop and promote national benchmarks for those engaged in PLAR across Canada, in all sectors and communities.

The objectives of the study were to gain practitioner consensus on the development of benchmarks for PLA assessment across Canada; produce a guide to support the implementation of national benchmarks; make recommendations for the promotion of the national benchmarks and distribution of the guide; and investigate the feasibility of developing a system to confirm the competence of PLA practitioners, based on nationally agreed-upon benchmarks for practice.

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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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PLA: A Guidebook to American Institutional Practices

This is a print publication available for purchase from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Based on a CAEL survey, the Guidebook outlines the use and acceptance of prior learning assessment methodologies in post-secondary institutions in the United States. These include: portfolio, standardized exams, challenge exams, the formal assessment of non-college programs by […]

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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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