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In Canada
 
PARTNERS 2000: LINKING EDUCATION AND THE LOCAL ECONOMY (2000) (UPCOMING CONFERENCE)
http://www2.conferenceboard.ca/nbec/symp.htm
April 29 to May 2, 2000.  Halifax, Nova Scotia.
This Symposium and Showcase is an opportunity to influence and be influenced by visionary leaders and doers from all sectors and all parts of this magnificent country who share our commitment.  Topics include: (1) Making Education Part of a Community Social and Economic Development Strategy, (2) Innovation: Extracting Economic Benefit from Knowledge, (3) Sustainable Partnerships: Relationship Management, Growing Pains and Lessons Learned, and (4) E-Learning.
Registration Form: http://www2.conferenceboard.ca/nbec/sympreg.htm
Contact: Jean Smith, 1-888-801-8818 (Toll Free) or (613) 526-3090  Ext. 274.
 
DESIGNING OUR FUTURE; WOMEN'S LEARNING, EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN CANADA: 2000 AND BEYOND (UPCOMING CONFERENCE)
March 2-5, 2000. 
A congress to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women (CCLOW).  Discussion themes: learning, work and gender equity; a future for women’s literacy? Impacts of trauma on women’s learning; technology and women’s learning; supporting women’s learning; older women’s learning and changing.
 
POLICY AND PRACTICE IN EDUCATION AND TRAININING (UPCOMING CONFERENCE)
http://www.educ.ubc.ca/wrnet/conf2000.htm
March 24-25, 2000.  Vancouver, British Columbia.
Organized by the Western Research Network on Education and Training.  The fourth annual WRNET conference is intended to be an interactive event that will explore the ways in which research can enhance linkages and inform policy and practice.
 
PLAR 99: PLAR AS A TOOL FOR TRASNITION
http://www.plar.com/plar99/index.html
November 14-17, 1999.  Vancouver, British Columbia.
Third National Forum on Prior Learning  Assessment and Recognition. The PLAR 99 Forum will be forward-looking, focusing on the importance of PLAR as an instrument of change in the workplace, community and education and training.
 
BUILDING CAPACITY FOR PLAR IN SASKATCHEWAN
http://www.extension.usask.ca/PLAR/plar_symposium.htm
October 29-30, 1999.  Centennial Auditorium, Saskatoon.
Third National Forum on Prior Learning  Assessment and Recognition. The PLAR 99 Forum will be forward-looking, focusing on the importance of PLAR as an instrument of change in the workplace, community and education and training.
 
11th ANNUAL PLA CONFERENCE (2000)   UPCOMING CONFERENCE
http://www.tyendinaga.net/fnti/prior/confindex.html
May 23-26, 2000.  Belleville, Ontario.
The theme of the conference is "Implementing PLAR - The Formidable Journey from Rhetoric to Reality".  Three pre-conference sessions are being offered: (1) Introduction to PLA, (2) FNTI's approach to PLA, and (3) PLAR Facilitators' Information Exchange.  The Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the following keynote speakers will be participating in the program: Eugene Harrigan (Associate Executive Head, Human Resources Development Canada) and Dr. Bessie Blake (Dean of the School of New Resources, College of New Rochelle, The Bronx, New York City, N.Y.)
 
10th ANNUAL PLA CONFERENCE (1999)
http://www.tyendinaga.net/fnti/prior/10th/
May 25-28, 1999.  Belleville, Ontario.
The main theme of this year conference was "Assessing our progress; envisioning our future—Identifying best practices."
 
9th ANNUAL PLA CONFERENCE (1998)
http://www.tyendinaga.net/fnti/prior/plafn_c1.htm
May 19-22, 1998.  Belleville, Ontario.
The goal of this year conference was to - "identify processes and practices which acknowledge adult learners as partners in education and human resource planning."
 
8th PLA CONFERENCE (1997)
http://www.tyendinaga.net/fnti/prior/plafn_c7.htm
1997.  Ontario.
This conference was dedicated to identifying assessment practices and other approaches to working with adult learners that are flexible and which address their learning needs at work, school and in the community. Hence the theme, "Assessment and Learning - A Continuous Process of Adaptation and Change, At Work, At School and in the Community."
 
7th PLA CONFERENCE (1996)
http://www.tyendinaga.net/fnti/prior/plafn_c6.htm
1996.  Ontario.
"In Pursuit of Wisdom: Building Competence By Sharing Our Learning", was the theme for the 1996 PLA conference.  Implicit in the theme is the belief that collaboration is a key ingredient in helping to re-configure Canada’s approach to education and training. If prior learning assessment is to become an important element in a more effective, efficient and equitable delivery system then the establishment of an extensive network of committed individuals, groups and organizations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally is essential.
 
6th PLA CONFERENCE (1995)
http://www.tyendinaga.net/fnti/prior/plafn_c5.htm
1995.  Ontario.
"Charting the Future - Is PLA Enough?" was the theme of the 6th annual FNTI Conference.  Its aim was to demonstrate ways in which learners can realize their full potential.  While PLA is an important educational innovation, it is one essential ingredient in an array of services necessary to assist adults to successfully complete educational requirements.
 
5th PLA CONFERENCE (1994)
http://www.tyendinaga.net/fnti/prior/plafn_c4.htm
1994.  Ontario.
"Adult Centred Learning in a Global Economy" explored questions concerning shifting patterns of work and the changing educational requirements to meet those patterns.
 
4th PLA CONFERENCE (1993)
http://www.tyendinaga.net/fnti/prior/plafn_c3.htm
1993.  Ontario.
FNTI’s fourth conference focused on ¨Adult Learning & Workforce Development - Prior Learning Assessment in Context¨. Richard Johnston opened this conference by discussing the changing role of the community college system in Ontario and how it is attempting to adapt to these new realities. 
 
1st, 2nd and 3rd PLA CONFERENCES (1990, 1991 and 1992)
http://www.tyendinaga.net/fnti/prior/plafn_c2.htm
1990, 1991 and 1992.  Ontario.
FNTI’s first conference was designed more as a workshop on the Assessment of Prior Learning. The theme of the workshop was "the relationship between life experience, educational planning and economic prosperity".  "Change, Access and Opportunity" was the theme for the second conference.  Mary Fugate, Executive Director of CAEL’s Midwest Joint Ventures Centre in Chicago, Illinois, was the keynote speaker.  She described a practical framework for working with the adult learner in times of change. Employability, collaboration and partnerships in the 90's are outcomes of an approach to learning that realistically embraces the needs of educators, employers and employees.  The third conference was focused on "Building Diverse Partnerships for Experiential Learning". Richard Johnston, who was Chair of the Council of Regents, spoke on PLA and Reform in Ontario’s College System.   Educators must give priority to the often painful and urgent needs of adults who are forced to make dramatic shifts in career direction to keep existing jobs or find new ones.
 
LIGHTING THE WAY: KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
http://www.upei.ca/~iis/kam/index.htm
March 22nd, 1999.  Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Prince Edward Island has been chosen as the first world test site for KAM, a new
"Knowledge Assessment Methodology" (KAM) devised by the U.S. National Research Council in Washington.  The overall objective of the KAM process on Prince Edward Island is to assist in the formulation of a provincial strategy for successful participation in the knowledge economy.  The KAM is as much a process as a methodology,and the process - the dialogue that it fosters among Islanders --- may in the end be as fruitful as the insights gained.
A video rebroadcast can be checked at: http://bria.uccb.ns.ca/tag/light.htm

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