Pre-Conference Workshop

Alan Mandell
College Professor of Adult Learning and Mentoring
SUNY Empire State College

Theresa Hoffmann
Consultant, PLA Consulting
Former Director and Collegiate Associate Professor
of University of Maryland University College Prior Learning Program and PLA Mentor, Thomas Edison State College

Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice:
An Overview of Program Essentials for New Practitioners

This pre-conference workshop is designed for participants who are new to PLA or who are seeking an opportunity to return to the basics. The workshop will focus on “best PLA practices” and on gaining new knowledge and insights that can strengthen PLA institutional activities.

This day-long workshop will provide participants with an overview of the basic tools needed for the PLA practitioner, including standards and procedures of assessing learning, working with an evaluation rubric, helping students to identify and describe their learning, and thinking about overall PLA quality.

Throughout the day, time will be provided for participants to ask questions, to raise problems, to share their program models, to reflect on their experiences, and to voice their PLA concerns. Sessions throughout the National Institute will complement the work that we will begin in this preconference.

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