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Developing Your Portfolio for College Credit (DYP)

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Course Number: DYP001
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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.

About LearningCounts.org

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.

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Course Objectives
After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • 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

Module

Lesson

Objectives

1

Introduction to Prior Learning Assessment

  • Describe prior learning assessment
  • Identify multiple forms of prior learning assessment
  • List the advantages of PLA for the learner

2

The LearningCounts Portfolio

  • Describe the basic components of a LearningCounts Portfolio

3

Identifying Types of Learning

  • Define tacit knowledge
  • Differentiate between experience and learning
  • Examine and map your prior learning

4

Identifying College Level Learning Outside the Classroom

  • Recognize what constitutes college-level learning
  • Access learning outcomes in identifies courses
  • Apply Bloom's taxonomy to college-level courses
  • Articulate through writing and supporting documentation how outcomes can be identified in past learning experiences

5

Matching What You Know To Learning Outcomes

  • Search for and identify appropriate courses for your portfolio
  • Identify appropriate course level to match your learning
  • Organize courses by subject

6

Writing the Learning Narrative

  • List the components of the learning narrative
  • Explain the structure of the learning narrative
  • Describe the expectations of portfolio components based on the rubric

7

Gather Supporting Documentation

  • Identify appropriate supporting documentation
  • Organize and present supporting documentation in a persuasive way
  • Upload your supporting documentation to your LearningCounts portfolio
  • Understand academic dishonesty and plagiarism, and how to avoid them.

8

Building and Submitting Your Portfolio

  • Follow the technical steps necessary to create your portfolio and upload your documents to it
  • Follow the technical steps necessary for submitting your portfolio for assessment
  • Explain the steps of the portfolio assessment
  • Identify additional ways to use your portfolio
There are no prerequisites for this course though students will need prior work experience to document as proof of their prior learning.

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.

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.

About LearningCounts.org

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.

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