Authors: Dianne Conrad
Collection: Research Materials
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.
The practice of recognizing prior learning will continue to challenge, and hopefully inform, post-secondary educators’ perceptions of learning. At AU, the implementation of RPL will continue to give voice to both diversity and dichotomy as it offers learners an alternate vehicle through which to celebrate their learning.