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Register now for the 2023 CAEL Conference in Baltimore, MD!


To promote professional development opportunities for our stakeholders, CAEL offers a variety of self-paced and live, online learning experiences. Whether you opt for micro-learning or a longer, workshop-format experience, our training focuses on increasing your knowledge and providing you with best practices to support your work with adult learners.

Instructor-Led Training

CAEL has developed several online training courses that are delivered asynchronously (when convenient for you), with portions led by live instructors. Participation includes watching presentations, reading content, completing activities and projects, and discussing topics with fellow students in community forums. 

From the Ground Up: Building the Foundations of a CPL Program

This four-week asynchronous online course explores the different opportunities students have to demonstrate their knowledge and learning as well as the impact PLA/CPL has on organizational practices and student success.

Participants will learn how to build an action plan for executing a prior learning assessment program on their own campuses. (Member discount available.)

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Career and Education Advising

This twelve-week online, instructor-led course is designed specifically for those who need to provide career and education advice to adults. Participants learn how to apply career development theory and advise students from diverse social, cultural, and economic contexts. Invest in helping adult learners succeed. (Member discount available.)

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Assessing Prior Learning

This three-week online workshop prepares faculty to draw on introductory information and concepts about prior learning assessment (PLA)/credit for prior learning (CPL) and then serve as portfolio assessors. It provides case studies and use scenarios to explore the experience of portfolio assessment. Participants complete practice exercises using student-developed portfolios.

Participants who complete the course requirements will obtain a CAEL Assessing Prior Learning Certificate upon workshop completion. (Member discount available.)

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CAEL is offers a series of microcourses for our members. These are professional development experiences that build capabilities for better support of adult learners.

Self-paced and designed to be completed in less than an hour, each microcourse provides a high-level overview of a specific topic of interest. The courses incorporate subject matter expert interviews that feature both industry and postsecondary education perspectives. They also offer best practices in the form of toolkits, job aids, and case studies. All microcourses are free to CAEL members.

Microcourse Digital Badge Intro (1)

Microcourses Open to CAEL Members

  • Roadmaps to Success: Understanding and serving your adult learners
  • Improving Programs with Labor Market Data
  • Engaging Adult Learners as Consumers
  • Attracting Adults to Your Institution
  • Building Blocks for Effective CPL Programs
  • Strengthening Employer Partnerships
  • Designing Stackable Credentials
  • Embedding Experiential Learning in Your Programs
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Microcourse Open to All

  • Roadmaps to Success: Understanding and Serving Your Adult Learners
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If your institution or organization is seeking guidance, solutions, or support from CAEL, or if you have an idea for a future collaboration initiative with us, please reach out. We'd love to connect.

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