System & Infrastructure

Priority 1 – System and Infrastructure

BC PLAN’s membership comprises experienced practitioners in both the public and private sectors who have developed and are applying leading-edge prior learning assessment and recognition practices.  This critical resource is fully engage and poised to create and distribute the models, processes and tools to enable the adoption of PLAR practice across a provincial network.

Goal 1:  Develop the System for Training Practitioners

2014/15 Report:

  • The objective to develop a comprehensive competency profile for PLAR practitioners was achieved.
  • The original strategic goal of developing specific BC PLAN training program(s) to meet the competencies identified by BC PLAN, was modified to be provided outside of BC PLAN.

2015/16 Goal:

  • Instead of the role of BC PLAN to develop and provide PLAR training, BC PLAN will recognize identified institutions and organizations engaged in PLAR training through application of competencies/standards.
  • An implementation plan to apply the BC PLAN PLAR practitioner competencies model will be created.

Goal 2: Develop the Digital Networking System

2014/15 Report:

  • The original digital structure which was created in 2012/13 was rebuilt and revised in 2014/15 to make the website framework/structure more user-friendly and functional to achieve the goals articulated in the Strategic Plan Communications Channels and Website.

2015/16 Goal:

  • It is expected that the newly created website will be annually refreshed, revised and upgraded to meet the evolving needs of BC PLAN and the PLAR community.
  • The BC PLAN website framework developed in 2014/15 will be populated and activated for use.

Goal 3: Develop and implement regularly scheduled knowledge-sharing professional development events and activities, including conferences, targeted workshops, and symposia on PLAR partnerships, research and practice, and public policy impacts.

2014/15 Report:

  • Following the successful SSHRC grant PLAR conference (BC PLAN and TRU) in 2013/14, application was again made for another SSHRC grant but was recently denied.
  • AGM meeting of 2013/14 was combined with a professional development session for the review of PLAR competencies.
  • AGM meeting of 2014/15 is again combined with a follow-up professional development session for the purpose of exploring how to implement the new BC PLAN developed PLAR competencies.

2015/16 Goal:

  • In addition to inclusion of professional development session(s) at annual AGM meetings, one professional development event will be designed and delivered this year.

Priority 2 – Partnerships