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RPL toolkit portfolio presentation for e-portfolios and more conference 24 05-2018

My Experience - Recognising Prior Learning (RPL) with an ePortfolio assessment tool.’ Slides presented at the ePortfolios and More Dublin conference on 24-05-2018
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  • 1. RPL ASSESSMENT EPORTFOLIO Dr Carina Ginty GMIT & Gavin Clinch IT Sligo carina.ginty@gmit.ie clinch.gavin@itsligo.ie www.myexperience.ie
  • 2. SESSION OUTLINE Why we developed the RPL e-portfolio assessment tool Why we built the e-portfolio in Moodle How the e-portfolio facilitates assessment of prior certified, and experiential learning SESSION ACTIVITIES Project overview with interactive Q&A (10 minutes) Group Challenge – Sharing Ideas (10 minutes) Demonstration of the RPL e-portfolio (10 minutes)  how applicant provides evidence of learning  how academic assesses the evidence Hands-on session: participants will have guided access to the e-portfolio via their own devices (15 minutes) Final Q&A (5 minutes)
  • 3. RPLToolkit: myexperience.ie (The RPL information site for candidates – how RPL works) rplportfolio.ie (RPL Portfolio online tool access for candidates and GMIT Assessors/Mentors) cpdlearnonline.ie (The Online RPLTraining Course for GMIT staff assessors and mentors)
  • 4. Managing the Student Learning Experience…
  • 5. Defining RPL … • Recognition of Prior Learning is defined as a process whereby prior learning is given a value (European Commission, 2008; NQAI, 2005; OECD, 2004). RPL can operate to provide recognition for advanced entry and non-standard admissions to educational pathways and is also used to award credit for elements within programmes. • Cooper and Harris (2013, p. 447) refer to RPL as “a specialised pedagogic practice that provides tools for navigating access to new learning opportunities”. • European Inventory on validation of non-formal and informal learning, Ireland Country Report (2014), defines RPL as; “RPL incorporates prior formal, informal and non-formal learning and that which is validated within the context of a specified destination award from level one to ten on the national framework of qualifications” (p. 3, European Commission, Cedefop, ICF International; 2014). Source: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/eurydice/focus- on/recongising_learning_en.php
  • 6. Recognised Prior LearningTerms • Certified Learning refers to learning which has been achieved through a formal programme and which has been formally assessed. For example learning that has already been accredited by an awarding body such as the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) or other state recognised universities, colleges/institutes. Prior certified learning can also include qualifications achieved abroad. • Experiential Learning refers to learning that has been achieved through paid work, through voluntary work, through life activities or through independent study, and which has not been formally assessed. Prior experiential learning refers to learning from work, private study (including MOOC’s/online courses non-accredited and life activities) which is appropriate for submission for academic judgement and for recognition by the GMIT in relation to its awards. • Formal Learning refers to learning which has already attracted formal certification within an education system. • Informal learning refers to learning acquired through day to day activities which may be unplanned and unintentional. • Non-formal learning is learning which is acquired through planned activities but does not result in formal certification. • Learning Outcomes refer to standards of knowledge, skill and competence, what the leaner knows and can do as a result of prior learning. • Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Modules (ACCM) is a procedure which enables learners to study at their own pace by building up credits for individual modules passed over time until sufficient credits are earned for a full qualification.
  • 7. Group Challenge – Share Ideas PINK SHEET If you were required to assess a candidate for recognised prior learning – what features/areas would you like to see in an ePortfolio assessment tool ? YELLOW SHEET Name the challenges assessors face when assessing experiential learning
  • 8. Sample RPL Portfolio evidence … Types of RPL evidence Explanation Examples of evidence Formal learning Courses which were formally organised and assessed. Certificates Transcripts of results Syllabi Research reports/thesis Non-formal learning Training events which were organised but did not necessarily have assessment. Descriptions of courses Certificates of attendance Samples of materials Informal learning/self managed learning Learning you achieved that was not organised by others Published work Voluntary activities Self-study schemes Relevant Recreational activities/hobbies Work history and job descriptions Aspects of your paid and voluntary work that are relevant to the module Job descriptions Responsibilities CurriculumVitae Professional accreditations/licences Samples of work If there is physical evidence of your prior learning other than certificates etc Reports, Project plans Designs, Photographs Completed documents Reports from employers/managers If there is no tangible evidence of your learning it may be possible to arrange verification from third parties/employers/managers Letters of verification References Records from HR Departments
  • 9. • Lifelong Learning participation rate is just 7.3% in Ireland compared to 10.5% (EU average) and we are considerably behind leading countries. • Government Target is 15% by 2025 • Lifelong Learning participation with the employed is just 6.2% compared to EU average at 11.2%. • National and international policies/strategies are now driving HEI’s to create and develop structures and new pathways to Higher Education. Nature of the problem..
  • 10. • Increase in RPL applications from mostly mature learners (who typically don’t satisfy the normal entry requirements) e.g. 10-15 years working in industry with no formal qualifications. • Lack of awareness that RPL exists. • Lack of marketing promotion on RPL opportunities. • Lack of knowledge among staff on RPL pathways and opportunities. • Learners unsure how to build a portfolio and structure evidence of learning. • Academics unfamiliar with assessing experiential learning - Fear Factor. • Idiosyncratic Practice across and within HEIs Challenges
  • 11. RPLToolkit: myexperience.ie (The RPL information site for candidates – how RPL works) rplportfolio.ie (RPL Portfolio online tool access for candidates and GMIT Assessors/Mentors) cpdlearnonline.ie (The Online RPLTraining Course for GMIT staff assessors and mentors)
  • 12. 1. The ePortfolio assessment tool enables assessment of, for and as learning. 2. The open online course on RPL skills enables Higher Education staff to develop their knowledge and understanding of assessing applicants for prior learning.
  • 13. Advanced Entry/Access to HE & RPL Assessment RPL Portfolio Tool – Gaining Access www.rplportfolio.ie
  • 14.  RPL is an important element of EU policy for widening access to qualifications and supporting lifelong learning.  In Ireland the Qualifications Act 1999 established the right for an applicant to get recognition for ALL prior learning.  The 2012 Act + QQI 2013 Green Paper on RPL.  The National Strategy 2030 + National Forum Research Reports 2015.  Builds on objectives of new Higher Education Clusters and Partnerships.  RPL assessment tools will support Work Based Learning. Reducing time and cost for learner to complete a HE programme. How the My Experience project strategically aligns at national, regional and international levels
  • 15. RPL applicant ePortfolio AssessmentTool Demonstration https://www.myexperience.ie/
  • 16. Hands-on session: participants will have guided access to the e-portfolio via their own devices (15 minutes) https://www.myexperience.ie/ 1.Create your own account as RPL applicant
  • 17. Assessor username: rpl.assessor Password: Password1# Assessor username: rpl.assessor2 Password: Password2# Hands-on session: participants will have guided access to the e-portfolio via their own devices (15 minutes) https://www.myexperience.ie/ 2. Login in as an assessor with either of the 2 usernames
  • 18. Sample RPL Portfolio evidence … Types of RPL evidence Explanation Examples of evidence Formal learning Courses which were formally organised and assessed. Certificates Transcripts of results Syllabi Research reports/thesis Non-formal learning Training events which were organised but did not necessarily have assessment. Descriptions of courses Certificates of attendance Samples of materials Informal learning/self managed learning Learning you achieved that was not organised by others Published work Voluntary activities Self-study schemes Relevant Recreational activities/hobbies Work history and job descriptions Aspects of your paid and voluntary work that are relevant to the module Job descriptions Responsibilities CurriculumVitae Professional accreditations/licences Samples of work If there is physical evidence of your prior learning other than certificates etc Reports, Project plans Designs, Photographs Completed documents Reports from employers/managers If there is no tangible evidence of your learning it may be possible to arrange verification from third parties/employers/managers Letters of verification References Records from HR Departments
  • 19. Further Reading CEDEFOP (2014), European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning are written for individuals and institutions responsible for the initiation, development, implementation and operation of validation arrangements. http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/publications-and-resources/publications/3073 National Forum (2015), A current overview of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in Irish Higher Education. National Forum for the Enhancement ofTeaching and Learning, Publication. http://www.teachingandlearning.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Project-2.pdf
  • 20. THANKYOU www.myexperience.ie
  • 21. RPL ASSESSMENT EPORTFOLIO Dr Carina Ginty GMIT & Gavin Clinch IT Sligo carina.ginty@gmit.ie clinch.gavin@itsligo.ie www.myexperience.ie
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