Recognizing Prior (Informal) Learning

George Siemens, elearnspace, Jun 13, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

George Siemens observes that "The lines between work and learning are blurred to the point where they are no longer separate activities, but activities with vital connections that feed into and direct each other." This is a point I have repeatedly tried to make to educators (most recently at CADE this week) in an effort to argue that the design of online learning must change accordingly. Siemens takes a slightly different route, placing an emphasis on Prior Learning Assessment and Review (PLAR), linking in this (very) short article to a number of resources on the topic. PLAR is, of course, the other piece of the puzzle, the one that gives informal learning its credential clout.
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