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Portfolio Assessment

Perhaps you feel that you have a great deal of college-level learning for which credit can be earned to satisfy remaining needs in your degree.

The University offers Introduction to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA-100), a 1-credit, four-week online course that provides information about the various credit earning methods utilized by the University when assessing prior learning. This includes credit-by-exam, credit for licenses and certifications, credit for professional training and credit for portfolio assessment.

Having completed this course, you are in a perfect position to make a decision about which credit-earning method(s) may be best for you. If you select portfolio assessment, you should then register for Introduction to Portfolio Development (PLA-200). This is a 2-credit, eight-week course that will teach you how to self-assess your learning equivalent to potential college credit and how to develop the portfolios you will submit for assessment toward college credit.

Developing a portfolio involves several steps. First, you will write a narrative that discusses how you gained your knowledge and how you plan to demonstrate it. Once you have completed your narrative, you will assemble evidence that supports your narrative. The evidence might include work samples, letters of verification from employers, certificates, licenses, documentation of job skills, art works, videos or anything else that documents your learning.

The University has an extensive online database of course descriptions you can browse to help you find subjects in which you have prior knowledge.

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