Events

April

  • April15

    Members-Only Webinar: Accreditation or Innovation? Can We Have Both?

    Free MOOCs, other low cost or free online learning options, new competency-based education programs, growing numbers of college level offerings by companies and the military, the emergence of badges, and the growth of prior learning assessment have disrupted the higher education landscape. They have also provided more access to learning for busy, working, cash-strapped adults - a population often overlooked in traditional higher education delivery models. How are accreditors and regulators dealing with these innovations? In an upcoming CAEL Members-Only webinar, Pamela Tate, President and CEO of CAEL, will discuss these issues:
    • What are accreditors recommending now related to college credit for prior learning (whether the learning came from a MOOC, an on-the-job experience, a volunteer or service activity or other sources)?
    • How are they thinking about maintaining the quality of regionally accredited institutions while at the same time encouraging these new innovations?
    • What role is the Council on Higher Education Accreditation playing?
    • How will the US Department of Education’s approach to Title IV financial aid funding affect these innovations?

    Join us on Tuesday, April 15th at 2:00 p.m. Central time for this informative members only webinar.

    Register Now
  • April22

    PLA 101 Face-to-Face Workshop

    Now, more than ever before, it is important to find innovative ways to increase enrollment and reach out to adult learners. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) is hosting a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) workshop in Chicago, IL April 22 and 23, 2014.

    Schedule:
    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Break included)
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Lunch and breaks included)

    Venue:
    The workshop venue is The Palmer House Hilton located at 17 East Monroe Street in Chicago. We have arranged for a block of guest rooms at a rate of $119/night. To reserve a room at this special CAEL rate, please click here to make online reservations or call 877-865-5321.

    Workshop Description and Outcomes:
    CAEL’s PLA 101 workshop provides the basic “nuts and bolts” of how to design and implement PLA at colleges and universities. This one-and-a-half day workshop will help institutions design and implement a program that is both attractive to students and consistent with high academic standards. The overall goal of the CAEL PLA 101 workshop is to provide faculty and practitioners who are new to the PLA process with the tools and insight they need to best serve adult learners in their institutions. Participants will also be better prepared to act as internal advocates within their own colleges and universities for establishing principles of good practice.

    A secondary goal for the PLA 101 workshop is to build a national network of skilled and informed PLA professionals who can provide leadership within higher education on the importance of CAEL standards for good practice in prior learning assessment.

    At the completion of the workshop, participants will:
    • Have a deep understanding of the principles and value of experiential learning.
    • Understand the history and development of prior learning assessment in higher education.
    • Be able to advance the CAEL principles of best practice in prior learning assessment.
    • Be familiar with the steps, tools, and procedures in the PLA process with an emphasis on portfolio development.
    • Be able to articulate the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the PLA process.
    • Better understand the administrative principles of prior learning assessment.
    • Be able to articulate to various audiences the value of prior learning assessment.
    • Be able to bypass the first workshop in the CAEL PLA online workshop and, with successful completion of an assessment exercise, begin with workshop two in the online certification course.

    Prices:
    All materials are included in the cost of this one and one-half day classroom workshop.
    CAEL Member Rate - $495
    CAEL Member Group Rate - $460 (3 or more from same institution)
    Non-Member Rate - $660

    Register Now
  • April23

    STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference

    Where Employers and Educators Meet … This year’s theme stands for the mission of U.S. News STEM Solutions: to engage educators, policymakers and business leaders in thought-provoking discussions and share results, successes and collaborative strategies - all aimed at solving the most critical and relevant STEM issues.

    In 2014, U.S. News is bringing STEM Solutions to Washington D.C. - a city brimming with policy makers and thought leaders making it the prime location for this National Leadership Conference. The goal will be to create workable strategies to share with schools and businesses across the nation, nurturing passion and skills in students and young professionals. Participants will leave prepared to take the necessary action to encourage STEM education and employment.
    NEW for this year’s program are the Change-Makers: One-on-One sessions and the Executive Workshops where attendees are encouraged to ask questions, debate the experts and fellow audience members, frame the issues, and offer practical solutions and real-life examples.

    The conference will take place April 23-25, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

    Conference kicks off on Wednesday April 23 with the Opening Keynote a 1:00 p.m., followed by two days of roundtable discussions, workshops, plenary panels and networking events.

    See Registration link below: Use special promo code CAEL14 to receive a $145 discount off the onsite reg fee.

    For more information: 

    Facebook: www.Facebook.com/USNewsSTEMsolutions
    Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/STEMSolutions / #STEMsolve
    LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/US-News-STEM-Solutions-4280955?
    Google+: https://plus.google.com/112315765948580009233
    U.S. News Education special report page: http://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions Register Now
  • April28

    PLA Online Certificate Program (Workshop 3)

    Learn to develop a professional portfolio assessment system for your institution, or strengthen your institution’s existing prior learning assessment (PLA) programs, by completing the online PLA certificate program. Offered by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and DePaul University this program provides the basic tools to develop skills and procedures for assessing adults’ prior learning. The program is delivered over the Internet, allowing you to participate at any time, from any place, all you need is e-mail capability and a web browser.

    The PLA certificate program consists of web-based workshops each with 4-7 modules. During each workshop, participants work through a series of structured activities employing online and off-line materials. Each group of participants is assigned an online consultant to facilitate learning and provide feedback. Participants may discuss issued and activities within their learning group.

    Completion of the first two workshops leads to a Certificate of Professional Achievement as a Prior Learning Assessor. Participants who successfully complete all four facilitated workshops will be granted a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment.

    Workshop 3 Starts April 28, 2014

    To learn more please visit the following links:

    CAEL Professional Development

    DePaul University Continuing and Professional Education

    Register Now

June

  • June04

    Career Advisor Certificate

    CAEL and Indiana University have developed an online, instructor-led course designed specifically for those who need to provide career and education advice to adults. Participants will learn how to:

    • Apply career development theory to your work
    • Assess the value of education and training related to career choice
    • Gather labor market data to assist with career planning and advising
    • Help others develop a career plan
    • Advise a diverse workforce
    • Deal with ethical issues
    • Help adults leverage social networking tools

    Course Organization

    Content
    The course content is organized into five Modules, each addressing one of the competency areas. Each Module takes two weeks to complete. There is an additional two weeks at the end of the course devoted to the final project presentation and review.

    Module 1: Foundations of Career Development Theory
    Module 2: Education and Training for Adults
    Module 3: Data Gathering for Career Planning
    Module 4: The Career Planning Process
    Module 5: Advising a Diverse Workforce; Social Networking; Ethics in Advising

    Final Project
    As a capstone, you will also have the opportunity to exhibit understanding of the skills necessary for providing successful career and education advising that meet the needs of the individual, specific companies or organizations, where appropriate, and the workforce as a whole.
    This final week provides a separate space and time for presentation of final projects and to review each others’ projects and provide feedback.

    Process
    The course is delivered online in a mostly asynchronous manner. This means that you can participate by watching presentations, reading content, completing activities, reflecting, writing, and discussing topics with your fellow students in the community forums at a time that is convenient for you. There will be options for live interaction with the course facilitator and other participants each module. These options are highly recommended but, because we recognize the difficulty in finding times that work with everyone’s schedules, they are not required.

    Each Module includes the following learning activities:
    • Required reading and watching/listening to a presentation on the module topic
    • An application assignment where you have the opportunity to apply what you are learning in your own context
    • A community activity where you interact with other students discussing aspects of the module topic
    • An optional synchronous (live) Online Meeting with your instructor and other students
    • A knowledge assessment in the form of an online quiz

    Continuing Education Credit
    The total anticipated contact time for this course is 90 contact hours (9.0 CEU’s for organizations awarding CEU’s for the instruction).

    *Please note that this course will require you to devote 10-15 hours per week on average for reading and assignments.*

    Next class starts on June 4, 2014!

    Register Now
  • June09

    PLA Online Certificate Program (Workshop 1)

    Learn to develop a professional portfolio assessment system for your institution, or strengthen your institution’s existing prior learning assessment (PLA) programs, by completing the online PLA certificate program. Offered by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and DePaul University this program provides the basic tools to develop skills and procedures for assessing adults’ prior learning. The program is delivered over the Internet, allowing you to participate at any time, from any place, all you need is e-mail capability and a web browser.

    The PLA certificate program consists of web-based workshops each with 4-7 modules. During each workshop, participants work through a series of structured activities employing online and off-line materials. Each group of participants is assigned an online consultant to facilitate learning and provide feedback. Participants may discuss issued and activities within their learning group.

    Completion of the first two workshops leads to a Certificate of Professional Achievement as a Prior Learning Assessor. Participants who successfully complete all four facilitated workshops will be granted a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment.

    Workshop 1 Starts June 9, 2014

    To learn more please visit the following links:

    CAEL Professional Development

    DePaul University Continuing and Professional Education

    Register Now
  • June16

    PLA Online Certificate Program (Workshop 4)

    Learn to develop a professional portfolio assessment system for your institution, or strengthen your institution’s existing prior learning assessment (PLA) programs, by completing the online PLA certificate program. Offered by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and DePaul University this program provides the basic tools to develop skills and procedures for assessing adults’ prior learning. The program is delivered over the Internet, allowing you to participate at any time, from any place, all you need is e-mail capability and a web browser.

    The PLA certificate program consists of web-based workshops each with 4-7 modules. During each workshop, participants work through a series of structured activities employing online and off-line materials. Each group of participants is assigned an online consultant to facilitate learning and provide feedback. Participants may discuss issued and activities within their learning group.

    Completion of the first two workshops leads to a Certificate of Professional Achievement as a Prior Learning Assessor. Participants who successfully complete all four facilitated workshops will be granted a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment.

    Workshop 4 Starts June 16, 2014

    To learn more please visit the following links:

    CAEL Professional Development

    DePaul University Continuing and Professional Education

    Register Now
  • June26

    CAEL’s 40th Anniversary Silent Auction

    We hope you can join us on Thursday June 26 from 6-8 p.m. at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel (Empire Room), 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL for some great food & drinks, amazing company, and exciting live bidding!

    Bid Online
    The online portion of CAEL’s 40th anniversary silent auction will open on June 20, 2014. The auction will run from June 20 through June 26, with the live event taking place on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. So, tell your friends, family, and community about this opportunity to have fun and support a valuable cause.

    Attend the Live Auction
    We hope you can join us on Thursday June 26 from 6-8 p.m. at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel (Empire Room), 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL for some great food & drinks, amazing company, and exciting live bidding! The event will be attended by CAEL’s Board members, CAEL’s senior officers, presidents of colleges and universities, business leaders and others who are committed to the cause of education for adults. Don’t miss this opportunity to network and support a great cause. Tickets are available for $40 per person. Tickets are limited so make your reservations right away. Click here to buy tickets.

    Donate Auction Items

    We are still accepting offers for silent auction items. This could be a wonderful opportunity to showcase your product or service to these top businesses and education leaders and at the same time support a great cause. Click here or contact Kylie Oulahan if you would like to make a donation.

    Register Now

July

  • July21

    PLA Online Certificate Program (Workshop 2)

    Learn to develop a professional portfolio assessment system for your institution, or strengthen your institution’s existing prior learning assessment (PLA) programs, by completing the online PLA certificate program. Offered by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and DePaul University this program provides the basic tools to develop skills and procedures for assessing adults’ prior learning. The program is delivered over the Internet, allowing you to participate at any time, from any place, all you need is e-mail capability and a web browser.

    The PLA certificate program consists of web-based workshops each with 4-7 modules. During each workshop, participants work through a series of structured activities employing online and off-line materials. Each group of participants is assigned an online consultant to facilitate learning and provide feedback. Participants may discuss issued and activities within their learning group.

    Completion of the first two workshops leads to a Certificate of Professional Achievement as a Prior Learning Assessor. Participants who successfully complete all four facilitated workshops will be granted a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment.

    Workshop 2 Starts July 21, 2014

    To learn more please visit the following links:

    CAEL Professional Development

    DePaul University Continuing and Professional Education

    Register Now

September

  • September22

    PLA Online Certificate Program (Workshop 3)

    Learn to develop a professional portfolio assessment system for your institution, or strengthen your institution’s existing prior learning assessment (PLA) programs, by completing the online PLA certificate program. Offered by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and DePaul University this program provides the basic tools to develop skills and procedures for assessing adults’ prior learning. The program is delivered over the Internet, allowing you to participate at any time, from any place, all you need is e-mail capability and a web browser.

    The PLA certificate program consists of web-based workshops each with 4-7 modules. During each workshop, participants work through a series of structured activities employing online and off-line materials. Each group of participants is assigned an online consultant to facilitate learning and provide feedback. Participants may discuss issued and activities within their learning group.

    Completion of the first two workshops leads to a Certificate of Professional Achievement as a Prior Learning Assessor. Participants who successfully complete all four facilitated workshops will be granted a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment.

    Workshop 3 Starts September 22, 2014

    To learn more please visit the following links:

    CAEL Professional Development

    DePaul University Continuing and Professional Education

    Register Now

November

  • June16

    PLA Online Certificate Program (Workshop 4)

    Learn to develop a professional portfolio assessment system for your institution, or strengthen your institution’s existing prior learning assessment (PLA) programs, by completing the online PLA certificate program. Offered by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and DePaul University this program provides the basic tools to develop skills and procedures for assessing adults’ prior learning. The program is delivered over the Internet, allowing you to participate at any time, from any place, all you need is e-mail capability and a web browser.

    The PLA certificate program consists of web-based workshops each with 4-7 modules. During each workshop, participants work through a series of structured activities employing online and off-line materials. Each group of participants is assigned an online consultant to facilitate learning and provide feedback. Participants may discuss issued and activities within their learning group.

    Completion of the first two workshops leads to a Certificate of Professional Achievement as a Prior Learning Assessor. Participants who successfully complete all four facilitated workshops will be granted a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment.

    Workshop 4 Starts June 16, 2014

    To learn more please visit the following links:

    CAEL Professional Development

    DePaul University Continuing and Professional Education

    Register Now
  • November12

    CAEL International Conference 2014

    At CAEL's 2014 International Conference we will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary.

    The theme of the conference, "Mobilize Learners. Revolutionize Assessment", reflects this pivotal point in our efforts to provide more adults access to higher education. The conference will be held November 12-14, 2014 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers in Chicago.

    The annual conference of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) brings together 500 participants to learn, network, and work together to make lifelong learning accessible to adults around the world. Attendees include college faculty and administrators, HR professionals, workforce developers and representatives from labor and government.

    To learn more, please click here.

    Register Now