The PLAR process is both intensive and reflexive. It requires you to invest time and thought to “select, reflect, and project” evidence of your program-related learning in a portfolio format.
Take a few moments to explore your PLAR potential by considering the following questions:
|I have 5 or more years of experience in my field (gained through work, volunteer/leisure activities)|
|I have a broad range of life experiences that I can relate to my core or professional work|
|I have given thought to my history as a learner and as a worker.|
|I understand my relationship to my successes and failure, and I take ownership of my situation.|
|I have a clear career plan and I understand the place of my educational goals within my career plans.|
|I am active within my field and maintain currency in my profession through professional activities, reading, and training and growth opportunities.|
|I am a relatively mature and self-directed learner.|
|I enjoy structuring my own learning activities.|
|I am enrolled in a program of study at Athabasca University.|
|I have discussed my program plan with a program advisor and have developed a “learning strategy” for achieving my study goals.|
The more items that you have answered YES to, the better suited you are to attempt the PLAR process successfully.
If you have answered YES to only a few items, perhaps this is not the time in your life to consider PLAR as a way to obtain university credit. Or,
Updated January 30 2015 by Student & Academic Services