Workshops

The following workshops are being offered at our national conference, please click here to learn more abut the conference. A break is included in each session. Lunch breaks are included in all-day workshops.

Prior Learning Assessment Implementation (PLA) 201
Monday, November 16, 2:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For those who already have an understanding of PLA, expand your knowledge with PLA 201. By examining institutional context, principles of organizational change, and research on the impact of PLA practices, participants will be prepared to develop a program that becomes part of the college’s approach to student learning. Highly interactive, we will use sample documents, scenarios and existing institutional examples to identify elements of sound PLA practice. Participants will be able to use an action plan and design processes for introducing or expanding PLA options to gain support from key campus constituencies. Full day pre-conference workshops will include breaks and lunch.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) 101
Tuesday, November 17, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Help your adult students earn college credit for learning from life experiences. Learn the “nuts and bolts” of how to design and implement PLA at colleges and universities to ensure that it is both attractive to students and consistent with high academic standards. Full day pre-conference workshops will include breaks and lunch.

Advising Adult Learners
Tuesday, November 17, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Adults learn differently, face issues related to work-life balance, and may have access to different financial aid sources than their younger counterparts. In this one-day workshop you will learn to respond to the needs of adult learners and receive a toolkit of resources for advisors and students. Full day pre-conference workshops will include breaks and lunch.

Faculty Assessor Training
Tuesday, November 17, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This day-long workshop prepares faculty to serve as portfolio assessors and draws on concepts and information presented in the webinar. Topics will include: PLA principles of good practice in action; differences between assessing portfolios and classroom assignments; recognizing multiple pathways to achieving course learning outcomes; providing clear and supportive feedback to students. The workshop provides opportunities for participants to use cases and scenarios to explore the experience of portfolio assessment and practice exercises using student-developed portfolios. Participants will refine the skills and understanding necessary to portfolio assessment through interaction in the large group setting as well as through both individual and small group exercises.

Competency-Based Education and Assessment
Tuesday, November 17, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

As colleges and universities consider how to adopt or develop new CBE programs, there is a need to ensure that everyone understands what these programs are and how they can be established while maintaining attention to academic rigor and faculty involvement. This workshop will provide an overview of CBE and competency-based assessment, including a look at long-standing models and some of the new ones that have been developed. Participants will be able to begin assessing their institutional readiness for CBE as it relates to business modeling, market demand and outreach, faculty and staff preparedness and academic program design and development. Full day pre-conference workshops will include breaks and lunch.