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Adult Higher Education Alliance (AHEA) Conference Adult Learning

The AHEA conference is experiential learning by, with, and for practitioners who are committed to learning in action, reflection, and sharing in a community of like-minded persons involved in adult alternative higher education. Our annual conference is open to our membership and non-members who are committed to adult alternative higher education.


  • Call for Proposals to be available August 2017.
  • Theme: Quality of Life in Adult Learning.
Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) Adult Learning

The ACHE is an organization of colleges, universities and individuals that encourages professional development, research and exchange of information for its members and continuing higher education as a means of enhancing and improving society.

National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) Adult Learning

NIACE is the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, the national voice for lifelong learning.  NIACE is a large, internationally respected development organisation and think-tank, working on issues central to the economic renewal of the UK, particularly in the political economy, education and learning, public policy and regeneration fields.

National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning Adult Learning

The National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning provides an intensive learning experience for educators and professionals involved in the assessment of adult and experiential learning. The National Institute is attended by experts and newcomers alike, from all over the world.

Proposals are being accepted for short or full presentations, panel discussions or roundtable discussions that present case studies, research, best practices and lessons learned in the assessment of adult and experiential learning.

This year's theme, The Art & Science (and Business) of PLA, is designed to generate dialogue about the competing goals that are part of prior learning assessment and serving adult learners and explore questions such as:

  • How much of PLA is personal, and how much can it be standardized and scaled?
  • Is it possible to be student-centered and still maintain a sustainable business model?
  • What is the Art of PLA, and how can it help us engage colleagues in the conversation?
  • What is the appropriate relationship between higher education, adult learners, and industry and workforce needs? How can we make these relationships work?
  • How can PLA play a stronger role in better harnessing talent at the local level in order to strengthen economies at the regional level?
  • Can educational technology help us achieve our goals for adult learners and PLA?

Welcome topics include portfolio assessment, competency-based education, credit-by-examination, online learning and testing, learning outcomes alignment, open educational resources, workforce development, and international perspectives on assessing adult learning. Proposals can be designed for those who are newcomers to PLA or for established practitioners.

View instructions on submitting a proposal

Deadline for submission: February 24, 2017

The National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning was established by Thomas Edison State University in 1988 to provide an intensive learning experience for educators and professionals involved in the assessment of adult and experiential learning.

This year's event takes place June 14–16 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, with an optional pre-conference workshop on June 13.

Learn more about this year's National Institute

For more information, contact Marc Singer

New Horizons for Learning Adult Learning

New Horizons for Learning is an international network of people, programs, and products dedicated to successful, innovative learning. As such, this organization builds support for comprehensive lifespan learning communities.

Thirteen Ed Online Adult Learning

Thirteen Ed Online is New York City's public television stations' website that has links to several outstanding adult education websites.

University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Adult Learning

UCEA is an organization that assists institutions of higher learning and affiliated nonprofit organizations to increase access through a wide array of educational programs and professional development services.