Developing Your Portfolio for College Credit (DYP)
Not all college-level learning takes place in the classroom. You've gained skills and knowledge in your life and on the job. Why not earn credit for what you already know? LearningCounts helps you earn college credit by assessing your experience and knowledge through a process called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).
Develop your Portfolio for College Credit is an online, self-paced course that you complete on your own schedule. To earn credit for what you already know, you only need to demonstrate that the knowledge you have learned outside the classroom is at the "college level". This course will guide you through building a portfolio that demonstrates your college-level learning. Any portfolio credit recommendations you receive through LearningCounts will be transcribed on a LearningCounts/National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) Transcript. As with all transfer credit, you should check with your college adviser or registrar to ensure that NCCRS credit transcripts and/or prior learning assessment credits are accepted at your institution.
LearningCounts is an organization dedicated to helping adult learners earn affordable college degrees. We respect that adult learners acquire experience in knowledge outside the classroom – and that knowledge can be translated into college credit.
LearningCounts is a Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) program and is supported by foundations dedicated to increasing the college graduation rate in America.
About the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) advocates and innovates on behalf of adult learners to increase access to education and economic security. We provide adults with career guidance and help them earn college credit for what they already know. We equip colleges and universities to attract, retain, and graduate more adult students. We build workforce organizations’ capacity to connect worker skills to employer demands.
- Identify and reflect on areas of their own learning from both formal and informal settings
- Use critical reflection skills to rethink the value of learning from their experiences
- Generate college-level writing that demonstrates learning in a format that addresses course learning outcomes/objectives
- Identify, organize, and gather documentation to build prior learning portfolios
Introduction to Prior Learning Assessment
The LearningCounts Portfolio
Identifying Types of Learning
Identifying College Level Learning Outside the Classroom
Matching What You Know To Learning Outcomes
Writing the Learning Narrative
Gather Supporting Documentation
Building and Submitting Your Portfolio
All required reading materials are embedded in the course. For more information about prior learning assessment and portfolio development, students can purchase an optional textbook:
Colvin, Janet. Earning College Credit for What You Know, 5th edition, Kendall-Hunt, 2012, ISBN: 978-0-7575-9691-9 [find and buy the text: http://www.kendallhunt.com/cael]
Students must register at LearningCounts.org and submit their learning portfolios to be awarded credit. The course via StraighterLine is a guided exercise in preparing the materials.