MPLAN Board

2016-2017 Board

Chair:  Margaret Riffell, Red River College

Past Chair: Ann Pedersen, Reframed Learning Concepts

Treasurer:  Terena Caryk, University of Winnipeg

Secretary:  Hannah McKinnon, Red River College

Membership Chair: Gary McNeely, Brandon University

Administrative Assistant:  Kristi Dorian, Red River College

Promotions Chair:  All Board Members

Program Planning Chair:  All Board Members

PEARL/ExemPLAR Awards Chair: VACANT

 

Chair:  Margaret Riffell, Red River College

Margaret has been involved in RPL since the 1980s. Projects include:

The integration of RPL in educational programs. Using a superior level expertise in PLAR concepts, Margaret completed the following RPL tasks:

  • Consulting with stakeholders and steering committees to establish PLAR framework including goals and timelines for PLAR integration
  • Demonstrating strong leadership qualities to train and motivate a cohesive PLAR working team
  • Collaborating with management to develop PLAR procedures within PLAR policy framework
  • Collaborating with faculty to develop for programs: Program Learning Outcomes, PLAR performance indicators for each outcome, PLAR standards, PLAR criteria, and flexible assessments
  • Planning, designing, and managing PLAR project processes and activities within defined timelines
  • Designing, developing and implementing PLAR documentation such as Candidate and Assessor manuals, Prior Learning Self-Assessment and Portfolio Development Workbooks
  • Developing and delivering training workshops for PLAR assessors and advisors
  • Advising PLAR candidates on developing portfolios
  • Supporting and motivating PLAR candidates throughout PLAR process
  • Working with program coordinator to determine cost and flexible offering for gap training

 

Research on PLAR/RPL in Canada. Combining research methods and techniques and in-depth knowledge of PLAR, Margaret completed tasks such as:

  • Writing proposal for CAPLA (Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment) research funding
  • Designing and developing research questionnaire on major aspects of PLAR to determine the extent to which organizations in Canada have implemented PLAR
  • Collaborating with experts to face validate and pilot test questionnaire to establish validity and eliminate ambiguity and bias
  • Collecting, clarifying, and analyzing PLAR data
  • Striking and working with steering committees to keep research activities on target
  • Establishing focus group of experts in the field and conducting focus group session to create foundation RPL Principles on which to build holistic RPL Systems
  • Collaborating and working with Canadian educational institutions, professional bodies, accreditation and licensing bodies and immigrant serving agencies regarding their RPL Systems
  • Using RPL Principles to evaluate Canadian RPL Systems for foreign-trained individuals
  • Submitting progress reports and documenting final results in formal report format
  • Presenting PLAR/ RPL research at national and international conferences

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Past Chair: Ann Pedersen, Reframed Learning Concepts

Principal Consultant of Reframed Learning Concepts, an independent contractor of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Curriculum Design & Development services. Ann is passionate about helping adults achieve their learning and working goals. An adult educator since 1987, she teaches in and develops curriculum for a variety of governments, sector councils, regulatory bodies, immigrant serving agencies, and others. A sampling of Reframed Learning Concepts past projects include:

  • Researcher/Writer Quality Assurance for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in Canada: The Manual on behalf of Canadian Association of Prior Learning Assessment www.capla.ca
  • Curriculum Writing Guide for Nunavut Arctic College
  • Training Needs assessment and development for Manitoba Aviation sector Council
  • Learning Outcomes Guide for Campus Canada
  • PLAR Portfolio Development Instructor Manual and Learner Guide for the Government of the Northwest Territories (adult learning centres, correctional services, community learning centres)
  • Facilitator of RPL training for both adult learners and adult educators in Northwest Territories
  • Facilitator/Instructor Red River College RPL Practitioner certificate program
  • Program evaluation framework, learning outcomes, and assessment criteria for the College of Midwives of Manitoba
  • Assisted Midwifery regulators in Canada with quality assessment processes for IEHPs, including Pathways – an RPL process against the competencies of the University College of the North Midwifery program curriculum

A member of MPLAN since 1999, Ann is Past Chair of Manitoba Prior Learning Assessment Network (www.mbplar.ca). President of Enhanced English Skills for Employment Board (EESE) of Directors, committee member of Manitoba Association for Career Developers (MACD).

Ann completed her was MA in Leadership at Royal Roads University, was accepted on the basis of her professional portfolio submission and without benefit of an undergraduate degree.

Ann Pedersen, Reframed Learning Concepts

ann@reframedlearning.ca

204-735-2347

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Treasurer:  Terena Caryk, University of Winnipeg

Terena has been working with English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners for the past twelve years. Since 2010, she has been the Coordinator of The English for Specific Purposes Program at The University of Winnipeg (UW) and, as part of her role, teaches Canadian Language Benchmark level 5-8 courses for academic and professional purposes. In addition to coordinating and teaching, Terena is heavily involved in curriculum development and teacher training. She has also taught both in class and online courses for the English as a Second Language Teacher Certificate Program at UW. Complimenting her work with adults, Terena spent four years as a K-12 EAL teacher in the Brandon School Division where she worked closely with newcomer children and families.

Terena holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master’s of Education (Teaching English as a Second Language) from The University of Calgary and is currently completing a Business Management Certificate through the Professional, Applied and Continuing Education Department at UW. Terena has also served as Co-PD Chair on the Teachers of English as an Additional Language to Adults in MB (TEAM)  board and has presented at various local and national conferences about EAL instruction.

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Secretary:  Hannah McKinnon, Red River College

Hannah Gifford has served on the MPLAN Board for two years as a member-at-large and this year, she is serving as Secretary. She has worked in Admissions at Red River College for almost ten years and currently holds the position of International Credential Assessor and Transfer Credit Officer.

Recognition of prior learning, in all its various forms, plays an important role in the work that she does to support student success. 

Hannah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg (2006) and has had training in international credential assessment and RPL concepts and practices.

 

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Membership Chair: Gary McNeely, Brandon University

Gary McNeely was instrumental in the drafting and implementation of Brandon University’s PLAR Policy and Procedures in 2000. Since 2008, he has served as PLAR Coordinator with the expressed goal of expanding RPL services in academic departments across campus. One project developed in coordination with the Admissions Office included enhancing assessment procedures for recognizing prior learning attained by Canadian Forces personnel. As an instructor in the Faculty of Arts, he has embraced a competency-based pedagogy in his courses that span various departments including English, Fine Arts, and Philosophy.

Most recently, Gary has been very active in applying RPL principles in the board area of rural policy and rural community development as a researcher for the Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Brandon University. He is working with RDI Director, Dr. Bill Ashton, to develop a Graduate Diploma in Rural Policy designed for graduate students and policy practitioners, incorporating at its core a competency- and experiential-based educational model with provisions for RPL. Gary has also been involved in developing bridging services for foreign trained workers / immigrants who have settled in rural regions of Manitoba, yet have experienced challenges in having their credentials and prior learning recognized.

He has been a member of MPLAN and CAPLA since 2000. He has acted as Membership Coordinator on MPLAN Board from 2009 to the present and has served on the CAPLA Board of Directors for a two-year term from 2002 to2004, first as Member-at-Large and then as Secretary. He has assisted in the revision of both organizations’ Bylaws, once for MPLAN and twice for CAPLA.

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Administrative Assistant:  Kristi Dorian, Red River College

Kristi Dorian brings her entrepreneurial spirit, diverse work expertise and passion for connecting with people to her role as administrative assistant for MPLAN. Kristi monitors and maintains the MPLAN website, email address and Mailchimp account and a variety of other duties as directed by the board of directors.

Kristi currently works full time at Red River College as an administrative assistant - part time in the Recognition of Prior Learning department and part time in the Program and Curriculum Development department.

Kristi also publishes a long-standing community newspaper and manages its’ vibrant website and online community – Enlighten Up with The Aquarian. In this role, she manages editors, writers and volunteers; oversees all day-to-day operations and systems; as well as graphically designs advertisers’ promotional material and the publication itself. Kristi’s dedication to quality, diversity, education and professionalism are assets to the MPLAN team.

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