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  • November 15, 2021 10:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Quarterly Report from the Chair

    Greetings our dear members,

    It is always a great pleasure to provide an update on recent developments at BCPLAN and the advocacy work that the Action Network is conducting to further solidify and promote PLAR in British Columbia.

    To begin with, we opened the Fall season with a webinar on tools and strategies in the assessment of prior learning. The webinar had a total of 47 registrants. Moreover, we had an 80% attendance and an 88% participant retention rates throughout the webinar, adding another success to BCPLAN’s track record.

    With the rapid re-entry of micro-credentials in the education market in the province, we have also contracted a consultant to develop a white paper to be used for various audiences when applying for funding, focusing on the weaving of micro-credentials and PLAR. More details to come in the near future.

    As always, I am excited to share some updates on the exceptional work BCPLAN members have been working on this past quarter:

    Sustainability and Partnerships

    • The committee has been conducting activities to engage new members to sustain growth and support of PLAR as a profession.
    • We have reached out to diverse stakeholders to present at upcoming webinars and professional development events at BCPLAN. Please visit www.bcplan.ca/events to stay up-to-date with the upcoming events.
    • Due to recent growth over the past few years, BCPLAN is conducting a Strategic Planning Meeting to assess progress made and set goals for advocacy and growth of PLAR in BC.
    • One of the center pieces of current projects is the development of Indigenous PLAR initiative with a focus on decolonizing PLAR. Stay tuned for more details.

    Communications and Advocacy

    • Organized a series of webinars in October and November. More events are being finalized and will be published on the website soon.
    • BCPLAN continues with its advocacy for PLAR and works with adult learners to share their PLAR success stories as a way to demonstrate tangible benefits of this field.
    • We are excited to officially launch our podcast series – BCPLAN PLAR Podcast – where we will further delve into prior learning assessment and recognition. Please visit www.bcplan.ca/plar-podcast to listen to the first episode.

    I would like to conclude this report by thanking BCPLAN Board of Directors, our committees, and especially you, our members, for your continued support of the Action Network. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions regarding the work BCPLAN does.


    Warm regards,

    Susan Forseille


  • November 15, 2021 8:17 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)


    Looking for the latest updates on PLAR in BC? Check out the Fall 2021 newsletter! The newsletter has a new section with a short update from industry leaders in prior learning assessment and recognition!

  • August 05, 2021 8:02 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)


    Check out Summer 2021 newsletter for more information on recent developments in prior learning assessment and recognition.

    Please also join us in welcoming the new Chair - Susan Forseille, Director of PLAR at Thompson Rivers University. Susan is a also strong advocate of PLAR in BC and across Canada.  

  • March 31, 2021 9:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)


    Learn more about the latest updates at BCPLAN with Spring 2021 newsletter.

    Click this link to read the newsletter.

  • March 21, 2021 10:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Please find below an overview of the projects completed in the first quarter of 2021.

    BCPLAN Partner Recruitment Campaign

    We have identified and will be reaching out to over 50 new potential partners to build relationships for further advancement of PLAR and BCPLAN in the province. Included with our introduction will be an infographic on PLAR and an invitation to upcoming events. 

    Letter to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training

    Earlier in February, BC announced its plan on micro-credentials, launching a training program aimed at upgrading the existing and building new skills for workers in British Columbia. One other option to fast-track career development and re-skilling in BC can be PLAR. BCPLAN has prepared a Letter to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training including an infographic. The package will be submitted to the Minister to spur further conversation on the benefits PLAR can bring during the economic recovery.  

    Website

    We refreshed our website and gave it a new look!  From webinars to a variety resources on PLAR, the new website now showcases a great collection of tools for PLAR practitioners and stakeholders. Please take a moment to explore www.bcplan.ca.  

    Webinars

    We have also launched a two-part webinar series on economic benefits of PLAR as well as its applications in Career Advancement. Please check the upcoming events for more details and to register.

    Social Media

    There has been nothing but a steady growth in our social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Follow us to stay current with news and recent developments in the world of PLAR. 

    We thank the BC PLAN Board members for the active support and are looking forward to the upcoming projects, which we will share with you in the next report!

  • September 14, 2020 10:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

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  • July 26, 2020 4:30 PM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Douglas Myers is Senior Associate with the PLA Centre and its former Executive Director (1996-2008). He has held academic and administrative appointments at several universities and was co-director with Mary Morrissey of a two-year CCL-sponsored study that led to the PLAR report Achieving Our Potential (2008).

    View Doug’s keynote presentation from the BCPLAN 2010 Summit.


  • January 08, 2020 11:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Free to access, highlights of this issue are articles on “An examination of Prior Learning Assessment, Participation and Guidance at Four-Year Universities” (Matt Bergman and Stephen McCaskey) and “Implementing Prior Learning Assessment to Promote Adult College Completion” (Ashley Layne). There is also excellent information on current practices and an interview about “Thinking About Brains and PLA”.

    https://www.plaio.org/index.php/home/issue/view/7



  • November 14, 2019 11:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Excerpt from the report’s core argument:

    “At the moment, we face, with few exceptions, a leadership vacuum in the recognition of prior and experiential learning in Canada. While we have a wealth of innovation, exemplary practice and positive outcomes developed over 30 years of demonstrations and evaluations, PLAR still lacks the strategic and sustained public policy commitment and the active sectoral support necessary to meet our current and future demographic realities.”

    Full article (english)
    Full article (francais)


  • May 08, 2019 10:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    The BC Prior Learning Action Network will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Friday, June 14, 2019, following the BCPLAN Symposium at 2:30 pm at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Richmond Campus.  At that time, a new membership fee structure will be introduced and ratified allowing organizational memberships.

    • Individual memberships are $100/year.
    • Proposed organizational membership fees are $300/year.

    Until the new fee structure has been ratified, registration and membership fees for the Symposium are as posted, but after the AGM, members will have the opportunity to convert their membership to an organizational membership. With your direction, refunds and adjustments to membership may be made.

     

    For example:

    Janet works at ASPECT and registers for the BCPLAN Symposium and for an individual membership at $175.

    Ten of Janet’s colleagues who also work at ASPECT, register for the Symposium one-day rate of $95.

    Once the new organizational membership fees are ratified, Janet will be contacted to see if she would like to convert her membership to an organizational membership.  Of course, Janet says “yes!” and BCPLAN does the following:

     

    The $100 that Janet paid for an individual membership is applied toward the organizational membership for ASPECT.

    The difference between the one-day rate and the member one-day rate is $20. The 10 colleagues from ASPECT will be given the choice for a refund of the difference, or have that amount applied to the organizational membership.

    If Janet’s colleagues don’t want the $20 difference applied to the organizational membership, ASPECT would be invoiced for the difference between the individual membership and the organizational membership fee.

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