Assessment strategies

How are practitioners collecting evidence of student growth? What role does assessment play in teaching and learning in adult literacy? (2013)

This paper is part of a project designed to collect stories and information about teaching and learning practices in adult literacy.

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2014-01-06

The OALCF: Exploring Assessment Tools and Developing an Assessment Strategy - Webinar 2, presenter – Robyn Cook-Ritchie [Video – 1:51:27] (2012)

This is the concluding section of a two-part webinar series designed to help Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) practitioners prepare for the implementation of the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF), beginning in April 2012. The webinar is presented by Robyn Cook-Ritchie, an LBS program manager and adult literacy consultant.

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2013-07-19

Quality Assurance in PLAR: A Guide for Institutions - Volume 2 (2007)

This document grew out of a collaborative research project on quality assurance in prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) in post-secondary education. It offers practical ideas for post-secondary institutions and individual faculty members on how they can improve PLAR quality assurance measures.

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2012-09-24

Quality Assurance in PLAR: Issues and Strategies for Post-secondary Institutions – Volume 1 (2007)

This document is part of a collaborative research project on quality assurance in prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) in post-secondary education. The research included literature reviews, interviews with quality assurance experts at the partner institutions, focus groups with adult learners, and individual interviews with internationally educated professionals who had experienced PLAR.

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2012-09-17

Understanding PLAR as an asset-based approach to increase participation in adult learning (2009)

Perspectives from users, service providers and stakeholders

This research report examines the potential of prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) to broaden the participation of adults in lifelong learning, particularly those adults who are underrepresented in existing learning activities.

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2012-09-04

Sharing the Path (2001)

Developing a Common Understanding of Assessment - Two Models for Facilitation

This document presents two models for developing a common understanding of assessment among Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) agencies. The models are based on the experiences of Project READ Literacy Network and Simcoe County Literacy Network in Ontario in facilitating a process for common assessment with their member agencies.

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2012-08-29

Situating Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) in an Online Learning Environment (2008)

Open and distance educational institutions share a commitment to principles of access and flexibility which, in turn, reflect a set of foundational beliefs that shape learning activity. Housed within this broad mandate is an explicit recognition of the presence and value of mature learners’ prior learning.

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2009-11-10

The dilemmas of accountability (2009)

Exploring the issues of accountability in adult literacy through three case studies

The aim of this project was to compile what has been learned about building accountability systems in adult literacy in British Columbia, Ontario and Scotland. The findings are presented in three sections: dealing with systemic issues, how accountability mechanisms should be designed, and working with data. Wherever possible the findings reflect all three jurisdictions and focus on common concerns.

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2009-06-10

Taking Account: A Report on the Number of PLAR Assessments Conducted by Public Post-secondary Institutions in Canada (2009)

The data that were gathered in an international 2007 study led by OECD on the recognition of non-formal and informal learning suggested that the PLAR activity level in Canadian post-secondary institutions might be higher than previously thought, and that Canada’s performance may compare favourably with the efforts of other countries, particularly in terms of the number of assessments conducted.

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2009-05-27

Monitoring and Assessment in Community-Based Adult Literacy Programs in British Columbia, Phase 1 (Definition and Selection of Benchmarks) (2007)

A Report to the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education

This report was commissioned and funded by the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education. It is Phase I of a three-phased initiative for the BC Ministry of Advanced Education to develop benchmarks or measurement standards for community-based literacy programs in that province. Phase I recommends a province-wide system for monitoring and assessing the progress of adults in community-based literacy programs.

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2009-03-18

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