The view from here: F orward through the rear-view mirror… A presentation to the Gateway Advisory Meeting September 22, 2005 Dianne Conrad, PhD Director, Centre for Learning Accreditation. E is for Excitement. PLAR is by nature innovative and exciting.
The view from here: Forward through the rear-view mirror…A presentation to theGateway Advisory MeetingSeptember 22, 2005Dianne Conrad, PhDDirector, Centre for Learning Accreditation
“the beginning of instruction shall be made with the experience learners already have…this experience and the capacities that have been developed during its course provide the starting point for all further learning” (Experience and Education, 1938, p. 74)
The integrity of AU’s PLAR system is
dependent on sound academic vision and process.
Enterprise: “initiative” or just plain hard work.
PLAR involves a lot of work.
And innovation is a lot of work too – in its conception,
in its implementation and direction.
Especially in large institutions…
Gateways has been innovative in its adoption of PLAR
policies and procedures:
The Centre for Learning Accreditation will be a hive
of enterprise in:
the relative isolation of their programs into a larger
Engagement = participation = acceptance,
What contributes to non-engagement?
PLAR’s philosophy is not shared universally by all
who toil in academe.
Some of their concerns:
... on portfolios.
The portfolio is both product and process:
“… as a well-organized product, the portfolio
enables an individual to ‘showcase’ relevant
achievements in a discourse style that is familiar to
the academic assessor(s).”
(Wong, 2001, p. 166)
Quoting Jerald Apps, in Teaching from the Heart (Krieger, 1996, p. 30):
the emotional, and the spiritual dimensions of our being in such a
way that we begin to touch the essence of our humanity. We
begin to touch our souls.”