ERIC Number: ED227903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Prior Learning Experiences: Handbook for Portfolio Process. Alternative Learning Experiences.
This handbook presents information to aid students in applying for prior learning credit at Whatcom Community College (WCC). First, introductory material outlines the types of activities that may qualify a student for prior experiential learning credit and presents a flowchart illustrating the accrediting process. Next, a step-by-step guide is provided for developing a portfolio, that is, a written statement describing and documenting prior learning. The 12 steps are: (1) clarify career and educational goals; (2) write an autobiography; (3) determine life experiences that contributed to learning; (4) categorize learning according to department and program; (5) develop a career plan; (6) develop a competency statement for each course equivalent; (7) write descriptions of experiences and learning; (8) develop a rationale for each requested course equivalent; (9) document learning experiences; (10) supply an annotated bibliography for course equivalents; (11) negotiate evaluation for each course equivalent; and (12) compile completed portfolios. Samples, case studies, forms, worksheets, and checklists are provided where appropriate. Questions relating to portfolio development are then posed and answered. Appendices include criteria for granting credit; information on credit policies, guidelines, and evaluation methods; a sample portfolio; a list of academic departments and subjects; and student notebooks. (HB)
Descriptors: College Credits, Community Colleges, Educational Experience, Employment Experience, Experiential Learning, Portfolios (Background Materials), Prior Learning, Two Year Colleges
Whatcom Community College, 5217 Northwest Road, Bellingham, WA 90226 ($7.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Whatcom Community Coll., Bellingham, WA.