Welcome

Who are we?

  • We are a diverse group of indigenous and mainstream practitioners of prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR)and adult learning from across Canada and internationally based primarily but not exclusively in the Belleville area of Ontario, Canada.
  • We have been associated with a variety of institutions including First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) and Loyalist College.
  • We nurtured the beginnings of the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) -Paul Zakos served as the first president for many years.
  • We initiated and hosted annual PLAR Conferences ( Number 27 will be held from June1-3, 2016).
  • We were involved in the original Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) ALFI study.
  • We initiated ALFICan.

PLAR/RPL stands for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning.

Prior learning assessment and recognition defines processes that allow individuals to identify, document, have assessed and gain recognition for their prior learning. The learning may be formal or informal spread across a wide range of settings and in a variety of circumstances, depending upon the background and life path of the learner. Experiential learning is often a rich and diverse avenue to explore with adult learners seeking recognition for their prior learning.

For more information please go to the  PLAR and Portfolio Development  tab in the menu bar

ALFICan refers to Adult Learner Friendly Institutions Canada. It refers to a holistic process in which PLAR is embedded to assess the “friendliness” of your institution for adult learners. It consists of 8 benchmarks of best practices with performance indicators for each. ALFICan focuses on eliminating barriers for adult learners so that they can be truly successful.

For more information please go to the  ALFICan  tab in the menu bar.

NOTE: To view all of the news posts please click on News in the menu bar.

Countdown to the 27th Annual PLAR Conference – June 1-3, 2016 in Belleville,Ontario

By on April 19, 2016

 

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Dear Colleague:

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you one of the best kept secrets of the Quinte area: the Annual PLAR Conference. For over a quarter of a century, this Conference has been educating and helping people begin their journey of reaching their true potential through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

PLAR is a tool that unlocks untapped potential by providing a way to identify, assess, document and recognize what a person knows, what they can do, and what they have learned from both formal and informal learning. This achieved learning can be and should be built upon rather than re-taught.

This Conference provides a unique opportunity for people who help others, such as teachers, guidance counselors and social workers, to learn how to advise those they help to use PLAR as a method to substantiate their learning.

The training provided at the Conference is invaluable for employers and human resource professionals looking to offer professional development within budgetary constraints. PLAR can also be a useful tool in succession planning for organizations.

At the Conference job seekers can begin to discover how PLAR can positively influence not only their career but their well-being. When a person is underemployed or marginalized it is detrimental to us all. Imagine the possibilities that would present themselves if everyone had an opportunity to unleash their potential! The benefits would be substantial, not just to individuals, but to their families, organizations and their communities.

Stay tuned as we release details on the scheduled sessions and plenaries in the upcoming weeks!

Learn more about how the 27th Annual PLAR Conference can help you unleash untapped potential.

Meet our sponsors and explore sponsorship options that will work for you!

Sent on behalf of the PLAR Conference Planning Committee

Elizabeth Nicholas, CHRP, CHRL

Chair, Conference Planning Committee

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By on February 22, 2016

PLAR – Unleash the Potential 27th Annual PLAR Conference

By on February 17, 2016

February 1, 2016 Dear Colleague: I would like to take this opportunity to share with you one of the best kept secrets of the Quinte area: the Annual PLAR Conference. For over a quarter of a century, this Conference has

Announcing the 27th Annual PLAR Conference

By on December 15, 2015

VI International Indigenous Symposium -August 26 & 27 in Santiago, Chile

By on August 13, 2015

26th Annual PLAR Conference resources and files

By on July 8, 2015

PLAR  Program PROGRAM booklet 2015 Plenary Sessions 1)  Malcom Day Prior Learning Assessment or Recognition of Other Learning (ROL) for Multi-National Health Care Professionals powerpoint file 2) John McMahon   3) Glen Brouwer and Paul Zakos The International Indigenous RPL

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Photos of some of the participants attending the 26th Annual PLAR Conference

By on July 7, 2015

           

Opening Ceremony for the 26th Annual PLAR Conference May 26-29,2015

By on July 7, 2015

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Details of 26th Annual PLAR Conference are now available

By on February 4, 2015

Details for the 26th Annual PLAR Conference are now available: Theme: PLAR as a Catalyst for Change: Casting the Net Wide and Deep Dates: Tuesday May 26-Friday May 29, 2015 Where: Travelodge Hotel, Belleville Ontario Please explore the links below

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Equipo Salud Intercultural (Intercultural Health Team) Tain Adkimn video

By on December 23, 2014

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Be all you can be: Making your portfolio work for you

By on December 17, 2014

By Rachel Comeau, OCT, BFA, BEd. Your portfolio is the ultimate tool for selling yourself as an artist. Your medium discipline does not matter. You could be a visual artist (including photographers), musician, actor, filmmaker, singer, dancer, actor, etc, and your

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December 01, 2014
Santiago, Chile

Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston conducted State visits to the Republic of Chile, from November 29 to December 3; and the Republic of Colombia, from December 3 to 6, 2014.

Friends of Canada Reception held on the occasion of Their Excellencies State visit to Chile at the Official Residence of the Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Chile, Mrs. Patricia Fuller.

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Maria Hueichaqueo presented with Governor General’s Chile Visit Medallion at Friends of Canada Reception December 1, 2014

By on December 3, 2014

The Governor General of Canada, David Johnson presented a Governor General’s Chile Visit Medallion to Maria Hueichaqueo for her continued and exceptional service in promoting and enhancing the Canada-Chile relationship. The proclamation reads: December 1, 2014 Dear  Ms. Hueichaqueo: Congratulations on receiving the Governor

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26th Annual PLAR Conference May 26-May 29 2015

By on December 2, 2014

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The Canoe of Life Model of PLA. Indigenous Portfolio Development- Janet Sinclair and Tania Smethurst (University of Vancouver Island)

By on October 31, 2014

Powerpoint                                 PDF

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Plenary Session at V Symposium – Paul Zakos

By on October 31, 2014

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