Collection: Research Materials
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.
The value of PLAR is well documented, the authors note, but the challenge is to find ways to deliver it with quality assurance without creating an undue burden for learners and institutions.
They recommend that post-secondary institutions offer faculty members training in PLAR assessment methods as part of ongoing professional development; integrate PLAR into existing academic quality assurance mechanisms; develop PLAR-specific quality assurance policies, procedures, and strategies; and encourage vigorous discussion on an acceptable definition of PLAR in post-secondary education.
In addition to this document, the research project also produced a guide for institutions and an annotated bibliography.