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Topics covered include:

  • Best practices in prior learning assessment;
  • Portfolio learning;
  • Research in prior learning;
  • Prior learning assessment and post-secondary education;
  • Models and tools;
  • and more.

Literature Search

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition

Updated May 2017

Aarkrog, V., Wahlgren, B. (2015). Assessment of Prior Learning in Adult Vocational Education and Training. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, v2 n1 p39-58.

Andersen, M. (2016). Tools of Assessment in Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Within Vocational Education in Denmark. Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out.

Anderson, P., Fejes, A., and Sandberg, F. (2013). Introducing research on recognition of prior learning. International Journal of Lifelong Education, (32), 4, 405-411.

Barrington, G.V. (2005). Best Practices in Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR). Final Report. Barrington Research Group Inc.

Bates, T. (2012). Is prior learning assessment coming of age. Inside Higher Education.

Bohlinger, S. (2012). Revealing the Treasure within: The Politics of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. European Educational Research Association.

Conrad, D. (2011). The Landscape of Prior Learning Assessment: A Sampling from a Diverse Field. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. Vol. 12.1

Conrad, D. (2008). Building Knowledge through Portfolio Learning in Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v9 n2 p139-150.

Day, M. (2017). Influencing Practice through the Development of Clear and Transparent Guidelines for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Athens Journal of Health.

Dyson, C., Keating, J. (2011). Recognition of prior learning. Policy and practice for skills learned at work: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, United States. International Labour Office – Geneva.

Fain, P. (2012). College Credit without College. Inside Higher Education.

Folinsbee, S. (2008). Prior Learning, Assessment and Recognition: Options for the Workplace and the Workforce. A Literature Review. Tri En Communications.

Gadoua, D. (2009). PLAR Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. The Voice Volume 23 Issue 8.

Garnett, J., Cavaye, A. (2015). Recognition of prior learning: opportunities and challenges for higher education. Journal of Work-Applied Management, Vol. 7 Issue: 1, pp. 28-37.

Garneau, E. (2011). How to Make Prior Learning Assessment Credit Work for You. Education Insider News.

Guo, S. & Shan, H. (2013). The politics of recognition: critical discourse analysis of recent PLAR policies for immigrant professionals in Canada. International Journal of Lifelong Education Volume 32, Issue 4.

Hamer, J. (2016). Assessment Philosophy: A Critically Conscious Tool for Ethical Skills. Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out.

Heinrich, W.F., Rivera, J.E. (2016). A Framework for PLA in Traditional Higher Education: Experiential Learning Assessment for Embedded Outcomes. Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out.

Hoffman, M. (2012). Bringing Prior Learning Assessment into Higher Education’s Mainstream. Centre for Educational Measurement, Excelsior College.

Horoky, D. (2011). Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR): Emergence of a Canadian Community of Scholars. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. Volume 12, Number 1.

Kalz, M., van Bruggen, J., Giesbers, B., Waterink, W., Eshuis, J., Koper, R. (2012). A Model for New Linkages for Prior Learning Assessment. Open University of the Netherlands.

Kawalilak, C., and Wihak, C. (2013). Adjusting the Fulcrum: How Prior Learning is Recognized and Regarded in University Adult Education Contexts. College Quarterly Volume 16 Number 1.

Kennedy, B. (2003). A Spring 2003 Snapshot: The Current Status of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) in Canada’s Public Postsecondary Institutions: Part One. Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).

Klein-Collins, R., & Wertheim, J.B. (2013). The Growing Importance of Prior Learning Assessment in the Degree-Completion Toolkit. New Directions in Adult & Continuing Education, Wiley Periodicals.

Kuang, L., McKay, H. (2015). Prior Learning Assessment and Student Outcomes at the Colorado Community College System. Rutgers.

Lederman, D. (2010). The ‘Prior Learning’ Edge. Inside Higher Education.

Leiste, S.M., and Jensen, K. (2011). Creating a Positive Learning Assessment (PLA) Experience: A Step-by-Step Look at University PLA. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning.

Mandell, A., Travers, N.L. (2016). Assessment in the Recognition of Prior Learning. Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out, PLAIO

McLennan, A. (2007). Prior Learning Assessment and Review: The Role of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science. Canadian Issues.

Moldoveanu, R. (2009). Benchmarking in Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) – Tool for Training reform. Economia, Seria Management, vol. 12, issue 2, pages 92-97.

Moss, L. The Recognition of Prior Learning in Quebec: Current practices. McGill Journal of Education Volume 46, Number 3, p. 395-406.

Moss, L. (2007). Prior Learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) and the impact of globalization: a Canadian case study. McGill University.

Naudé, L. (2016). Rethinking the Role of RPL Assessment Within an Interactive Activity System. Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out.

Nault, R. (2009). Use of Assessment Processes, Models, and Tools in Career Development Services. Final Report. Forum of Labour Market Ministers.

Pearson, W.S. (2014). Enhancing adult student persistence: The relationship between prior learning assessment and persistence toward the baccalaureate degree. Research Gate.

Peruniak, G., Powell, R. (2007). Back Eddies of Learning in the Recognition of Prior Learning: A Case Study. Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education. Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 83-106.

Robertson, L.H. (2011). An application of PLAR to the development of the Aboriginal self : One college’s experience. AU Press.

Rogers, R.C., Forte, M. (2016). Effectively Engaging Marginalized Students in Prior Learning Assessment : A Case Study. Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out.

Sanséau, P-Y., Ansart, S. (2013). Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning as a Catalyst for Lifelong Learning : Analysis and Proposals Based on French Experiments. Journal of International Education Research – Fourth Quarter. 2013 Volume 9, Number 4.

Sasi, A. (2016 ). Recognition of Prior Learning: Making them industry-ready. ieNation.

Sheridan, I., and Linehan, M. (Eds). (2012). Recognition of Prior Learning. A Focus on Practice. EIE Project.

Spencer, B. (2008). Have We Got an Adult Education Model for PLAR? Online proceedings of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE).

Spencer, B., Kelly, J. (2005). Is Workplace Learning Higher education? The Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education 19, 2 14-33.

Starr-Glass, D. (2016). The Thoughtful Assessment of Prior Learning: Hastening, Ensuring and Enhancing Graduation. Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out.

Stevens, K.A. (2016 ). Prior Learning and Ways of Knowing. Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out.

Travers, N.L., and Mandell, A. (2014). Back to Work: PLA/PLAR and Workplace Learning. Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out.

Van Kleef, J. (2012). PLAR: Finding Quality in the Dynamics of Social Practice. Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out. Volume 1, Number 2.

Van Kleef, (2011). Canada: a typology of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) research in context. Leicester, England: NIACE.

Van Kleef, J. (2010). Quality in Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. A Background Paper. Canadian Institute for Recognizing Learning.

Van Kleef, J., Amichand, S., Carkner, M., Ireland, M., Orynik, K., Potter, J. (2007). Quality Assurance in PLAR. Issues and Strategies for Post-secondary Institutions. Canadian Council on Learning.

Van Kleef, J. (2007). Strengthening PLAR: Integrating theory and practice in post-secondary education. Journal of Applied Research on Learning. Vol. 1, #2. Article 5.

Van Kleef, J. (2006). Building PLAR through Theory: The Case for Implementing Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition in Adult Education Practice Settings. St. Francis Xavier University.

Venable, M. (2011). Navigating the Transfer Credit and Prior Learning Assessment Process. Online College.org

Wahlgren, B., Aarkrog, V. (2015). Validity in Assessment of Prior Learning. US-China Education Review. Vol. 5, No 10, 672-681.

Wihak, C. (2011). Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition: Emergence of a Canadian Community of Scholars. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning Vol. 12, No. 1

Wihak, C. (2005). State of the Field Review: Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). University of Calgary.