If you choose the portfolio method of Prior Learning Assesment (PLA), you document the college-level knowledge you already have by writing about your previous learning, making a video of yourself performing a task, providing a product of your work, or having a third party verify your knowledge. A LearningCounts faculty expert then evaluates your documentation - your portfolio - to determine if your learning is equivalent to college-level work and may recommend awarding appropriate college credit.
Portfolio Creation Options
Once you have decided to purse PLA through portfolio development, you have two choices:
Enroll in a PACE course called IN 170: Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice. This is a 6-week, three credit, online course that teaches you how to document your learning and develop a portfolio that you can submit for evaluation. Even if you choose not to submit a portfolio for evaluation, you will still receive three elective credits for passing the course.
Enroll in a non-credit, online instructional overview called Developing Your Own Portfolio for College Credit. You will be guided step-by-step through the preparation and compilation of the components required for PLA portfolio evaluation.
Once your portfolio is done, a faculty expert from LearningCounts will review your portfolio and recommend college credit awards. Students can request up to twelve (12) credits per portfolio within a single discipline, and multiple portfolios can be submitted for evaluation.