This comprehensive publication assesses the status of prior learning assessment and recognition
(PLAR) across Canada and offers insights and recommendations into the processes necessary for employers, post-secondary institutions and government to recognize and value experiential and informal learning.
And, in a more specific application of McLuhan and Fiore's prescient thinking, institutions of open and distance learning that practise prior learning assessment and recognition
(PLAR) as an access-enhancing tool are newly challenged by the arrival of e-portfolios to reexamine the roles of PLAR and portfolios within their learning cultures.
Prior learning assessment and recognition
(PLAR) provides a process for the integration of experiential and nonformal learning into learners' educational journeys.
Highlights of the statistics report on requests include: (1) 224 applicants requested prior learning assessment and recognition
for 559 courses offered at SIAST; (2) 402 (72%) of the 559 requests were successful, 16 (3%) were unsuccessful, and 141 (25%) were pending--there were no partial recognition requests; (3) 397 (71%) of the course requests were extension activity requests; and (4) the 559 course requests pertained to 96 actual courses offered at SIAST.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
(PLAR) is a sound academic practice that contributes to adult learning by linking formal and informal learning.
Other topics are computers; employability skills; skills assessment; transferable skills; developing a learning portfolio; prior learning assessment and recognition
; recognition of foreign credentials; and developing an occupational or career ladder.