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Thomas Edison State College Presents
The National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning
Looking Back.  Moving Forward.
June 19-21, 2013
Atlantic City, NJ
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About the National Institute
Celebrating its 25th year, the National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning: Looking Back. Moving Forward. provides a uniquely engaging learning experience for education professionals who are involved in prior learning assessment (PLA) and the assessment of adult learning as well as for those who may be considering incorporating these aspects of higher education. The main goal of the National Institute is to address issues such as:
  • Prior Learning Assessment
  • Distance Education
  • Assessment Methodologies
  • Effective Learning Outcomes
  • College-level Learning
  • Workplace Education and Assessment
  • Utilizing Technology
The National Institute also serves as a venue to share experiences in a casual environment and to network with colleagues.

All attendees are also invited to attend a private Welcome Reception on Wednesday, June 19 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. A special invitation will be forwarded after registration.

Learn More about The National Institute

Pre-Conference Workshop
Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice: Exploring Critical Concerns
and Practical Applications

The Pre-Conference Workshop is designed for participants who are PLA practitioners at all levels. The Workshop will focus on "best PLA practices" and on gaining new knowledge and insights that can strengthen PLA institutional activities.

This full day workshop will provide participants with an overview of the critical themes and concerns of the PLA practitioner, including standards and procedures of assessing learning. It will also include working with an evaluation rubric and sample student narratives. All along, the Workshop will offer opportunities to think together about starting and sustaining a PLA program.

Throughout the day, ample time will be provided for participants to ask questions, to raise issues and to share their program models, their experiences and PLA concerns.

The day will be mediated by Alan Mandell, SUNY, Empire State College and Theresa Hoffman,
PLA Consulting.

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