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.
This is the final report of the first phase of the Rabbit Lake Education Development Project, which was developed to explore if workplace education could be delivered successfully at Rabbit Lake Uranium Mine in Saskatchewan.
The first phase of the project was to conduct an Organizational Needs Assessment (ONA), in which consultants attempted to look at workplace education needs from the vantage point of the employees, the employer and the job positions. This information would be used for Phase II, the on-site education program.
Community Outreach Initiative: Learners with Disabilities Outreach Report
This document is the result of consultations carried out in Atlantic Canada during the first half of 2008 by the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre (AdLKC). The consultations sought advice from five communities – people with disabilities, Aboriginal, African-Canadian, Francophone and immigrants – about the problems they faced and the potential solutions they envisioned.
The report was researched and written by the Independent Living Resource Centre in Halifax, which made arrangements with four sister groups to hold meetings of adult learners with disabilities in their local communities. About 250 people with disabilities – physical, mental, intellectual or learning – took part in the meetings.
Participants cited accessibility, financial issues, and attitudes as barriers to learning. Their recommendations included secure funding so that persons with disabilities can be lifelong learners; the provision of accessible transportation and accessible buildings; providing alternative formats for learning and testing materials; the creation of peer support networks and services for adult learners with disabilities; and the establishment of disability-awareness training for educators.
The report also includes appendices listing the survey questions and providing individual reports from participating communities.
This document offers a capsule summary of basic skills training and the workplace.
The authors begin by providing an overview of the stages in establishing basic skills training in the workplace and listing the objectives at each stage. From there, they go on to list, for each stage, the objectives and main activities to be carried out; discuss the impact of basic skills training on a firm’s productivity; offer practical suggestions for integrating the assessment process into the basic skills training; and give examples of the types of materials to be used throughout the process.
The authors describe the organization of the document as a highway with various exits, which means that it can be used in a number of ways. Readers can go back and forth within the same stage; take shortcuts that meet their needs; go from one objective in one stage to an objective in another stage; or stop to review the summary table of objectives.
Authors: Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
This document was written to provide a perspective on the Inuit context for the Canadian Council on Learning’s (CCL’s) Knowledge Centres, with particular focus on the Aboriginal Learning Centre.
The authors have provided a brief history of Inuit education, with information about traditional educational practices, residential schools, and federal schools initiated by missionaries. They go on to discuss the current formal Kindergarten-Grade 12 and postsecondary systems; adult learning; early childhood learning; and health and learning. They also list potential partners the CCL could work with to involve Inuit people in learning.
The authors have also included a number of success stories that describe programs aimed at improving Inuit involvement and success in education.
This report concludes that both labour and management are waking up to the fact that they will face very real problems if they fail to start planning now to replace the loss of experience and skills from retiring workers. Forward planning by both unions and companies will have to address the skills needs of both companies and workers in terms not just of current needs but also of what skills portfolio would be appropriate in the future. It will be important for companies and unions to be forward looking and begin the process of developing strategies before the wave of retirees hits their particular workforce. The increasingly recognized importance of skills as a key inhibitor to a firm’s competitiveness will help these participants focus on this issue.
Women's Education des femmes, Fall 1988 - Vol. 6, No. 4
Authors: Betty Irwin
In this article, the author discusses a study conducted by the Women's Directorate of the Yukon Territorial Government. The purpose of the study was to conduct a comprehensive study of women entrepreneurs in the Yukon by assessing the involvement of women in both the informal and formal economies.