AUTHORS: Denise M. HartJerry H. Hickerson
BEYOND THEORY: Put Prior Learning Assessment into Practice!
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) is pleased to announce the release of their new book, Prior Learning Portfolios: A Representative Collection. This resource is a valuable reference tool for PLA assessors,administrators and PLA instructors, and can help train both faculty and students to understand portfolio assessment. Designed to provide you with institutional policies and procedures regarding prior learning portfolios, this text and accompanying CD-ROM contain thirteen sample portfolios from eleven different institutions, handbooks, guidelines, flow charts, and information about the location of portfolio assessment in the context of a degree. Assessment via portfolio is most often used by the nontraditional adult learner who can display experiential learning gained from jobs, travel, community service, leisure activities, and other sources. But documenting this learning, and assessing it, can be challenging.
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CAEL's newest publication, Prior Learning Portfolios: A Representative Collection, is a comprehensive set of materials and information about the historical context for prior learning assessment (PLA) that will assist PLA administrators practitioners, adult learners, faculty engaged in the learning assessment process, institutions making the case for offering or continuing to support PLA programs, and governments supporting and encouraging such programs. It is just the professional resource that has been needed in adult higher education for many years. Assessment professionals will find this to be one of the most beneficial sources of information and tools they will put to use in multiple venues. The CD-ROM with sample portfolio information is the icing on the cake of tools for PLA practitioners!
Jacqueline Johnson, Ph.D.President, Jacqueline Johnson & Associates, LLC