IRRODL vol 12(1)

This special issue of IRRDOL focuses on the exciting convergence of interests between open and distance learning (ODL) and the recognition of prior learning (RPL). The guest editor of this special issue is Dr. Dianne Conrad who is the director, Centre for Learning Accreditation at Athabasca University. Dianne has used her contacts in this community to solicit the quality research articles and field notes that help us all understand more deeply this important and timely topic.

Table of Contents


The landscape of prior learning assessment: A sampling from a diverse field
Dianne Conrad HTML PDF MP3 EPUB

Research Articles

Dwell in possibility: PLAR and e-portfolios in the age of information and communication technologies
Judith O. Brown HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Preconditions for post-employment learning: Preliminary results from ongoing research
Linda Salter HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Validation of competencies in e-portfolios: A qualitative analysis
Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Eva Maria Baecker, Anke Hanft HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Creating a positive prior learning assessment (PLA) experience: A step-by-step look at university PLA
Sara M. Leiste, Kathryn Jensen HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Language of evaluation: How PLA evaluators write about student learning
Nan L. Travers, Bernard Smith, Leslie Ellis, Tom Brady, Liza Feldman, Kameyla Hakim, Bhuwan Onta, Maria Panayotou, Laurie Seamans, Amanda Treadwell HTML PDF MP3 EPUB

Field Notes

A dynamic community of discovery: Planning, learning, and change
Michelle Gordon, Martha Ireland, Mina Wong HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
The development of an online instrument for prior learning assessment and recognition of internationally educated nurses: A pilot study
Elaine Elizabeth Santa Mina, Carol Eifert, Martha Ireland, Carol Fine, Gail Wilson, Vaska Micevski, Ruth Wojtiuk, Martha Valderrama HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Going online to make learning count
Cathy Brigham, Rebecca Klein-Collins HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Prior learning assessment and recognition: Emergence of a Canadian community of scholars
Christine Wihak HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Evaluating prior learning assessment programs: A suggested framework
Nan L. Travers, Marnie T. Evans HTML PDF MP3 EPUB 


Arshad Ahmad event, Feb 3

This will be a very special event. Arshad Ahmad is a fantastic educator!

You are invited to attend:

Beyond The Rhetoric: A Call To Connect With Wider Audiences

Dr. Arshad Ahmad,

President of the Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M National Teaching Fellow (1992) Convocation Hall, University of Saskatchewan

Thursday, February 3rd

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

This event is being hosted by the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness. Please see the attached poster for further details.


Upcoming TEKRI events

The Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute – –  at Athabasca University is pleased to invite educators and researchers to two upcoming conferences:

1. 1st International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2011.
This conference will be held in beautiful Banff, Alberta, Feb. 27-March 1 2011 – bring your skis! This conference explores new theoretical and technical developments associated with the analysis of learner behaviours during online learning activities.
Further details:

2. TEKRI presents its 2nd annual Doctoral Seminar, with this year’s theme being social networking in education. The seminar takes place in Edmonton, AB from June 20-24 2011. This week-long seminar exposes faculty and doctoral students to world experts in the chosen theme and provides each participant an opportunity to present and receive feedback on their own research projects and work.
Further details:

Terry Anderson