Call for Contributions

A Special Issue of PLAIO (Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out: An International Journal on Theory, Research and Practice in Prior Learning Assessment)

In this special issue of PLAIO, we invite contributions from papers and presentations connected to the 4th VPL Biennale (19-20 May 2022). This special issue will include essays/materials exploring the four major themes of the conference:

  • Validation and the working life.
  • Validation and education/training.
  • Validation and social sustainability.
  • Validation and personal development.

We are interested in contributions that explore the history of VPL (or RPL/PLA/RVA/etc.); that critically examine VPL assessment tools; that take up VPL in the academy, the workplace and in the community; that help us understand the links between VPL, access and social justice; and that propose approaches/innovations that advance VPL policies and practices worldwide.

(Please note that this publication is distinct from the “conference proceedings” that has already been announced.)

Intent to submit: Using this Survey Monkey link, please submit an abstract of 250 words with the title of your proposed contribution by July 1 2022.

Full submissions are expected by 15 August 2022.

Submissions to this special issue can be of varying lengths, but no longer than 5,000 words. Materials should be submitted as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format documents on the PLAIO website at (Once logged in, go to the “User Home” tab and click on “New Submission” to upload your document. [If this option is not viewable, be sure that the role of “Author” has been selected in your user account under “Edit My Profile.”])

All correspondence regarding your contribution to this journal, should be directed to the special issue co-editors:  

Ruud Duvekot (UNESCO Research Fellow)

Nan Travers (State University of New York/Empire State College)

Alan Mandell (State University of New York/Empire State College)