Here is a presentation I gave to a group of Faculty Deans and Directors this past week regarding how to recognize prior learning. Recognition of Prior Learning
I have worked for many years on this topic, starting back in 1997 when Briercrest College was developing a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy and portfolio system. That opened the door for my participation in a series of meetings with the Registrars of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Training for the Province of Saskatchewan, the results of which you can see here. Since coming to Trinity Western University, I’ve been involved in the development of a similar framework for a portfolio system, primarily for our Adult Degree Completion program offered through our Extension division. Here’s a short video which was part of a CKNW AM 980 radio interview “Talk to the Experts” showcasing a couple of students who went through a Prior Learning Assessment at TWU.
I am regularly asked the following question about how to recognize prior learning.
Query: “Can we transfer credits for this guy from his [firefighter training]?” [Insert whatever kind of learning you want]
Grant: Does he have a transcript with credits on it?
Query: “No, but he has all these courses…”
Grant: If there’s no credit attached to the courses, there’s no credit to transfer. He’ll have to create a portfolio and make a request for us to recognize his learning and apply the appropriate credit, if any, to it. That’s not credit transfer – that’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).
What are the common questions you hear about RPL: Recognition of Prior Learning? Leave a comment.