“This is not your grandmother’s PLAR”: BC boldly creates a new learning culture

  • Dianne Conrad


A broad range of British Columbia’s educators and administrators convened recently to re-discover PLAR with a new energy, a new focus, and a new urgency. “This is not your grandmother’s PLAR” became the battle cry of the British Columbia Prior Learning Action Network (BCPLAN) Summit gathering at which the BCPLAN was declared as a not-for- profit society. This paper describes and situates BCPLAN as an emergent PLAR entity and considers its potential success against a historical background and a range of current issues.

Author Biography

Dianne Conrad
Dianne Conrad, director of the Centre of Learning Accreditation at Athabasca University, attended the BCPLAN Summit as an invited speaker from British Columbia’s neighbouring province. She brought with her news of Alberta’s own progress on the PLAR front and a perspective formed from her work in the PLAR’s post-secondary trenches.
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