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ERIC Number: ED510666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7785-7516-0
Advancing PLAR in Alberta: An Action Plan
Alberta Advanced Education and Technology
People learn in many different ways and in many different places. What is learned informally or experientially is often the same or similar to what may be learned in traditional formal learning environments. There are many reasons why recognizing experiential learning is viable educational option, more so in today's economy than ever before. Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) provides a process for the integration of experiential and nonformal learning into learners' educational journeys. PLAR can be a powerful tool to engage learners to access further education and training which prepares them for the next generation economy. PLAR can be beneficial to all Albertans but is particularly beneficial to people who have not previously identified themselves as learners; people with informal learning gained through life, work and training; immigrants; and, individuals transferring among learning providers, across provincial boundaries, or across professions. This document outlines an Action Plan for advancing PLAR in Alberta. The Action Plan provides Advanced Education and Technology with priority actions to benefit learners by supporting the full potential for PLAR in the advanced education system and the community-based adult education system. The Action Plan contributes to furthering the vision of Campus Alberta by encouraging increased access to learning and collaboration among learning providers. Appended are: (1) What is PLAR? and (2) Current Use of PLAR Nationally and Internationally.
Alberta Advanced Education and Technology. 11th Floor Capital Boulevard, 10044 - 108 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5E6, Canada. Tel: 780-427-6297; Fax: 780-427-5927; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Advanced Education and Technology
Identifiers - Location: Canada