On April 6, 2009, as one of several restructuring measures, CCL announced that it would no longer be funding its five knowledge centres as of July 6, 2009.
CCL deeply appreciates the valuable work and expertise that knowledge centre staff and consortium members have contributed. Every effort will be made to ensure that the high quality work of the knowledge centres continues to be distributed as widely as possible.
Adult learning enriches personal development, economic opportunity and civic engagement, and has a positive impact on individuals and communities, as well as on the nation.
In its 2002 review of adult learning, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) identified a significant lack of coordination in adult learning programs in Canada. This gap occurs between federal and provincial governments, as well as between the public and private sectors. The OECD also identified the absence of a national forum for adult learning as a major barrier to developing adult learning initiatives that are coherent, consistent, effective, and universally available.
The Adult Learning Knowledge Centre was created to address these gaps and to become a national reference point and key resource for Canada's adult learning activities.
Developing strategies for effective recruitment and retention of Aboriginal learners was the focus for the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre's May 2009 Roundtable on Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education. The resulting report documents discussions by New Brunswick and Nova Scotia educators interested in providing a positive post-secondary experience for Aboriginal learners.
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There are nine studies included in this project dedicated to showcasing effective adult learning initiatives. Real ventures such as Canadian furniture company Palliser's in house training program and Quebec's parliament for seniors are described in detail. The purpose of these case studies is to encourage productive discussions about adult learning in Canada.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) has the potential to improve Canada's future in terms of providing a skilled and educated labour force and encouraging lifelong learning. Using composite narratives, Understanding PLAR as an asset based approach to increase participation in adult learning: Perspectives from users, service providers and stakeholders examines the experiences of PLAR users and facilitators and recommends changes to current policies and practices.
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In Canada, the state of adult learning is a complex and intricate system; a broad spectrum of opportunities ranging from formal to informal activities where the path for lifelong learners is not always obvious. The Adult Learning Knowledge Centre spent four years documenting and testing this system with the goal to finding pathways for Canadians to reaching their full potential.
A collaborative project of the Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre and the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre, Reclaiming the Learning Spirit: Learning from our Experience took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in March 2008. The report based on this landmark event offers up highlights of successful learning strategies for Aboriginal adult learners that are community-based, holistic, strength-based, transformative and anti-colonization.
The Adult Learning Knowledge Centre, an initiative of the Canadian Council on Learning, is pleased to announce the launch of its seniors learning video. This is the final instalment of a video series designed to illustrate the power of adult learning. This segment celebrates the power of seniors learning in formal and informal settings. One of the inspirations for this video was provided through the growing presence of seniors colleges in Canada.
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