Prior Learning Assessment

Recognizing Experiential Learning Through Prior Learning Assessment (2008)

While the recognition of prior learning at post-secondary institutions in Canada is not widely practiced, it constitutes a solid plank in Athabasca University's mission as an open and distance institution. Although both challenge-for-credit and portfolio assessment strategies are used at AU, learners are best able to control their destinies and celebrate their diversities by engaging in the reflexive portfolio processes.

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2009-11-10

Myth, Romance, and Reality: Recognizing Experiential Learning in University Contexts (2008)

Practitioners at Athabasca University have observed gaps between learners' romanticized views of past events and thepedagogical or cognitive contribution of those events to learning. The need to acknowledge and close these

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2009-11-10

A Manual for Setting up an Essential Skills Program within the Union or Workplace (2006)

Workplace essential skills programs have certain principles of good practice that ensure quality programming. They include: The union is a full partner from the outset in the initiative, including any needs assessment, program design, program evaluation, hiring staff and program delivery. The intent of the essential skills program is not to “fix” workers.

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2009-07-29

Survey of French-language research on adult learning in Canada: 1997-2007 (2008)

This document is a survey of the state of French-language research on adult learning in Canada based on the 227 research data entries selected. These entries provide access either to documents easily accessible online or to print materials available from the CDÉACF.

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2009-06-12

Essential Skills Refresher Training: Preparation for the TOWES (2009)

Final Report

The results from a round of TOWES at a Winnipeg aerospace company in 2007 spoke loudly and clearly. Essential Skills refresher training works. After just six months of Essential Skills training, one group's pass rate on the test was 55 per cent higher than those without the refresher, while the second group's pass rate was 100 per cent higher.

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2009-06-05

Dual Credits: To what extent do they ease the transition to Post-secondary for adult learners in Manitoba? (2008)

The Research Report

This study examines dual credits and the extent to which they ease the transition to post-secondary for adult learners in Manitoba. The study focuses specifically on the dual credit enrolment of adult learners in a Manitoba adult learning centre.

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2009-05-29

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

Connecting Literacy, Learning & Work (2008)

This book is intended for those who work in adult literacy programs and are engaged in the on-going process of making connections between literacy, learning and work. It contains some research-based discussion, curriculum ideas, a few ready-to-use tools, interviews with instructors, and student photo stories.

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2009-05-20

VOICE: A Dynamic and Interactive Approach for Exploring Employment Possibilities (2007)

VOICE was developed to assist facilitators working in employment preparation. The hands-on activities can be used to gain knowledge and empower participants to make transitions to the world of work by helping them to identify their interests, skills, and most importantly their own voice.

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2009-05-15

Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) (2006)

Skills Passport

The Workplace Education Manitoba Steering Committee (WEMSC) funded a project to develop and pilot an entry-level curriculum for essential skills and employability skills for heavy equipment operators (HEOs) and skilled labourers. This passport validates that the owner has been recognized as having the entry-level skills required of a Heavy Equipment Operator under a certified training and assessment program.

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2009-04-01

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