30th ANNUAL PLAR Conference

“Celebrating 30 Years of Adult Learning Practice and Recognizing Prior Learning”

May 22 – 24, 2019

Travelodge by Wyndham, Belleville, ON


Over the past 30 years, this conference has been the catalyst for a variety of Indigenous, local, provincial, national and international PLAR/RPL and adult learning initiatives. At this annual gathering, many adult learning practitioners have willingly and enthusiastically shared their knowledge and expertise, helping shape public policy and practice. The results have been far reaching; the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) (1994), the International Indigenous RPL Collective (2009), and the Adult Learner Focused Institution (ALFI) (2007) are three noteworthy initiatives that have been influenced by delegates attending the conference.

One of the strengths of the conference has been its focus on building strong and enduring relationships with like-minded Indigenous and non-Indigenous colleagues across Canada, the USA, the UK, South America and South Africa. PLAR/RPL has increasingly come to be recognized as an essential component of a set of international policies and best practices, aimed at reaching out to adult learners whose needs have not been well served by conventional approaches to education and employment.