The start of this year promises to be an active one for consumers of distance education and open learning research. IRRODL will be publishing 3 issues in the next 6 weeks, beginning with Vol. 12(1) that is described and linked to in this post.

This special issue of IRRDOL focuses on the exciting convergence of interests between open and distance learning (ODL) and the recognition of prior learning (RPL). The guest editor of this special issue is Dr Dianne Conrad who is the director, Centre for Learning Accreditation at Athabasca University. Dianne has used her contacts in this community to solicit the quality research articles and field notes that help us all understand more deeply this important and timely topic.

We hope you will take the time to visit the site, download, bookmark and cite articles in this issue. As usual the articles are disseminated in HTML, PDF, MP3 (audio) and EPUB (mobile) formats.

Finally I wish to thank all authors, reviewers, editors (and especially Dianne Conrad) and sponsors who make quality open access publishing possible.

Terry Anderson

Editor,

International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Athabasca University

Table of Contents

Editorial The landscape of prior learning assessment: A sampling from a diverse field Dianne Conrad HTML PDF MP3 EPUB

Research Articles

Dwell in possibility: PLAR and e-portfolios in the age of information and communication technologies
Judith O. Brown HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Preconditions for post-employment learning: Preliminary results from ongoing research
Linda Salter HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Validation of competencies in e-portfolios: A qualitative analysis
Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Eva Maria Baecker, Anke Hanft HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Creating a positive prior learning assessment (PLA) experience: A step-by-step look at university PLA
Sara M. Leiste, Kathryn Jensen HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Language of evaluation: How PLA evaluators write about student learning
Nan L. Travers, Bernard Smith, Leslie Ellis, Tom Brady, Liza Feldman, Kameyla Hakim, Bhuwan Onta, Maria Panayotou, Laurie Seamans, Amanda Treadwell HTML PDF MP3 EPUB

Field Notes

A dynamic community of discovery: Planning, learning, and change
Michelle Gordon, Martha Ireland, Mina Wong HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
The development of an online instrument for prior learning assessment and recognition of internationally educated nurses: A pilot study
Elaine Elizabeth Santa Mina, Carol Eifert, Martha Ireland, Carol Fine, Gail Wilson, Vaska Micevski, Ruth Wojtiuk, Martha Valderrama HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Going online to make learning count
Cathy Brigham, Rebecca Klein-Collins HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Prior learning assessment and recognition: Emergence of a Canadian community of scholars
Christine Wihak HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Evaluating prior learning assessment programs: A suggested framework
Nan L. Travers, Marnie T. Evans HTML PDF MP3 EPUB

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