Events

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

October

  • September18

    The Latino Experience with Prior Learning Assessment

    Join the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and Excelencia in Education for a webinar on Thursday, October 9 at 12 pm Central Daylight Time to discuss the findings of our forthcoming joint report on adult Latino students and prior learning assessment (PLA).

    PLA is used by institutions to evaluate – for college credit – the learning a student brings from their work, life, and military experiences.

    In this webinar, you will learn about:
    • The Latino population in the U.S. and why their degree attainment rates are critical for our broader national degree completion goals
    • Why PLA is an important strategy for helping adults complete their degrees
    • The use of PLA by Latino students in higher education – observable trends in PLA credit earning, methods used, and areas of study
    • Institutional opportunities in reaching this population through PLA – strategies institutions should know about
    • Recommendations for enhancing PLA programs to better serve Latinos and other target populations

    The presenters will be:
    • Deborah Santiago, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Policy, Excelencia in Education
    • Becky Klein-Collins, Associate Vice President for Research and Policy Development, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
    • Rick Olson, Research Associate, CAEL

    To register for this webinar, click here. The webinar will be recorded to allow those who are interested to access the information in the future.

    The research presented in this webinar is part of a CAEL project funded by TG, and is showcased in a forthcoming publication. In the project, CAEL and Excelencia examined the experience of PLA by Latino students at ten postsecondary institutions through student record data, staff interviews, and student interviews.

    Register Now

November

  • November10

    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

    CAEL 40th Anniversary Gala

     As we continue to commemorate our 40th anniversary, CAEL will be hosting a special gala during our annual conference. The gala will be held at the renowned Art Institute of Chicago. We will be celebrating in the opulent Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room which was originally built in the 1890s. CAEL gala attendees will have private access to three of the Art Institute’s galleries: Chagall’s America Windows, American Modern Art (1900-1950) and the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine collections.

    The gala will take place on Wednesday, November 12th and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Semi-formal attire is requested. Hors d'oeuvres will be plentiful and a cash bar will be available, as well as live entertainment. The gala is free to all registered conference attendees. Additional guests are welcome and will be charged a fee of $50 per individual. 

    Register Now

December

  • December03

    Workshop: College Success Strategies for the Returning Adult

    Are you in school or about to go back into the classroom?
    Are you challenged by the idea of fitting classes into your busy life?
    Thinking it might be hard to get back to reading and studying?

    This new workshop, College Success Strategies for the Returning Adult, hosted by Complete the Degree, will help you hone the skills you need to be successful as an adult learner. Whether you’re already in school or just taking the first step toward registration, you will learn important strategies like:
    • how to identify priorities and set goals while you’re in school
    • how to manage your time for school, work, life, and family
    • learn helpful tips on studying and test-taking

    When: Tuesday, December 3 at 5:30 – 7:00pm
    Where: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL),
    55 East Monroe, Suite 2710, Chicago, IL 60603
    RSVP: See directions below on how to RSVP.

    There are 2 ways to RSVP for this free workshop.
    1. Send email to msanford@completethedegree.org with your name and phone number and type RSVP and title of workshop in Subject line
    OR
    2. Call 312-267-2580 ext. 103 and leave your name, phone number, email address and the title of the workshop you want to attend.
    Register Now
  • December09

    Career and Education Advisor Certification

    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 six Modules, each addressing specific competency areas. Each Module takes two weeks to complete.

    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 be required 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 several times during the course.

    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 December 9, 2014!

    Register Now

January

  • January12

    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 four web-based workshops each with 4-7 modules. During each 4-week 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.

    The Online Program will help you to:

    • Understand principles of experiential learning, including the value of experiential learning for adults.
    • Understand and apply the steps and procedures in the PLA process.
    • Understand the links between experience and learning, and be able to determine college-level learning gained from experience.
    • Discriminate between college-level and pre-college-level learning.
    • Understand the history and development of prior learning assessment.
    • Know and be able to apply principles of best practice in prior learning assessment.
    • Apply administrative principles of prior learning assessment within the context of your institution.
    • Be able to articulate to various audiences the value of prior learning assessment.
    Next Session Starts January 12, 2015!

    To learn more please visit the following links:

    CAEL Professional Development

    DePaul University Continuing and Professional Education

    Register Now