Call for Materials for Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out (PLAIO) #9

PLA as an Avenue for New Recognitions and New Beginnings

At the heart of PLA (prior learning assessment) work over the last half-century has been the understanding that academic institutions, and, indeed, all institutions, need to provide access to learning for all and to be fair in creating welcoming environments for those persons who might otherwise have been passed over and whose knowledge and skills have gone unrecognized. We have continued to ask ourselves: How can prior learning assessment offer opportunities to rethink what we mean by “learning,” pushing us to grapple with what people know and what they have gained outside of the conventional classroom setting.

In this way, PLA has been part of a significant movement for social change that needs to respond to the social-political-cultural circumstances in which we live. Today, broadening such PLA attention needs to include the experiences and the circumstances of refugees, of those without official documentation, of asylees, and of immigrants, who are caught without the status and the credentials that they need to prosper.

In our next issue of PLAIO, we are calling for materials of all kinds: resources that have been created; policies that have been put in place; research that has been done; voices from researchers and those affected by existing policies; organizations and programs that have been established – efforts of all kinds that use PLA to recognize the skills, knowledge, competencies, and/or credentials of those who have been politically, economically, and culturally displaced. How has PLA become a practice that responds to these pressing social realities anywhere in the world?

We hope your examination of these kinds of global issues will inform our new issue.

In addition, PLAIO very much welcomes other writings on the recognition of prior learning that are not directly tied to this issue’s theme. Scholarly articles should be 7,500 words or less. These writings can be research-based, practice-based, or theoretical. Scholarly articles are blind peer-reviewed. Practice articles, literature reviews, and case studies should be between 500 and 1,000 words.

All correspondence, including questions about a possible contribution to this journal, or any ideas about new ways to present research, practice, and/or reflections should be directed to or All submissions should be submitted as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format documents at

All submissions to PLAIO #9 should be received by January 31, 2023.