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More and more learners embark on or continue their education path with the help of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). PLAR is humble, PLAR is resilient, PLAR is wise - it has something to offer to all walks of life. Please join us as we explore and delve into various facets of PLAR, being fascinated by all tools and techniques it developed since its inception. 

Episode 4 - Key take-aways and experience attending VPL Biennale Conference with Susan Forseille and Nicole Borhaven

In this episode we have been joined by Susan Forseille and Nicole Borhaven to learn more about the 4th Validation of Prior Learning Biennale international conference held in Iceland on May 19-20, 2022!

About Susan:

As the Director of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) at Thompson Rivers University, 22-years as a career-educator, and an enthusiastic researcher, Susan Forseille has been privileged to work in, and conduct research around multiple intersections of career development, prior learning, and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Education from Thompson Rivers University, and is currently completing her PhD with the University of Leicester. Susan is a passionate PLAR advocate believing adult learners acquire great amounts of knowledge and skills through life and work experience.

About Nicole:

Nicole Borhaven is a PLAR Advisor at Thompson Rivers University. Nicole's role is to coach students through the PLAR process. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Certificate in Liberal Arts from Simon Fraser University. She has been with TRU Open Learning since 2010 and has experience in Program Advising and Accessibility Services. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends, writing, travelling and enjoying the great outdoors.



Episode 3 - PLAR at New Brunswick Community College, and more, with Mackenzie Bartlett and Patrick Reinartz

About Mackenzie:

Recognition of Prior Learning Coordinator, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)

Mackenzie manages the credit transfer and equivalency application processes through the Office of the Registrar at NBCC. Since joining the college in 2019, she has coordinated various continuous improvement projects to strengthen assessment practices, generate workflow efficiencies, and expand RPL services to provide better opportunities for students to achieve recognition for their prior learning. Her background is in teaching and curriculum development in post-secondary institutions.

About Patrick:

Recognition of Prior Learning Coordinator, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)

Patrick serves as Coordinator for NBCC’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) pilot. In this role, he contributes to systems and process development aspects of the project, while also providing service, documentation and support for participants. Patrick has a decade-long background in corporate training, where he acted as LMS administrator and technical support for a leading US-based health services provider. 

Episode 2 - Military PLAR at British Columbia Institute of Technology with Justine Arsenault

About Justine:

Justine is a Program Planning Analyst with BCIT’s SITE Centre and responsible for assessing the knowledge, skills and experiences of adult learners and advising them on educational pathways based on the advanced placement and prior learning (APPL) method. She also manages the BCIT Legion Program, providing prior learning assessments as well as career development and transition support to Canadian Armed Forces members.

Episode 1 - Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition with Dr. Christine Wihak

About Christine:

Dr. Christine Wihak retired as the Director, PLAR at Thompson Rivers University – Open Learning and Director of the Prior Learning International Research Centre (PLIRC)in 2018. Her involvement in PLAR developed when she was teaching Inuit students at Nunavut Arctic College.

Dr. Wihak holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta, a Masters of Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Carleton University, and an Honours BA in Psychology from Queens. She was also a registered psychologist (Alberta), specializing in Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

Industry Updates - What's new in PLAR across British Columbia?

Spring 2022 with Chi Cejalvo, RD, a Deputy Director, Registration, of the Association of BC Forest Professionals

Winter 2022 with Fraser Cocks, former Executive Director of The BC Association for Crane Safety

Fall 2021 with Susan Forseille, Director of PLAR at Thompson Rivers University

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