Using Process Improvement Guidelines to Engage Adult Learners in the Prior Learning Process and Improve Candidate Portfolio Performance

Mark Deschaine, Raymond W Francis

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Abstract

The process of portfolio assessment in a Prior Learning setting is an effective and meaningful way for non-traditional college students to demonstrate learned college-level competencies, earn much needed college-level credit, decrease potential time to graduation, and potentially save money as they work toward earning an undergraduate degree. This project provides insights into the overall positive impact the application of Process Improvement Guidelines and Adult Learning Principles in the development of the Prior Learning Portfolio have in pre-writing and portfolio organization, portfolio development, and institutional support materials. Adult Learning Principles (Knowles, 1970) explored in this project include: 1) adults are internally motivated and self-directed, 2) adults bring life experiences and knowledge to learning experiences, 3) adults are goal oriented, 4) adults are relevancy oriented, 5) adults are practical, and 6) adult learners want to be respected during their learning activities (QOTFC, 2014). In this session, participants will engage in several activities intended to exemplify the use Process Improvement Guidelines and Adult Learning Principles in the Prior Learning Assessment process. Participants will explore the effective use of Process Improvement Guidelines and Adult Learning Principles in the pre-writing and portfolio organization stage through participation in a structured graphic organizer analysis process. In addition, session participants will explore the use of Adult Learning Principles as a part of the portfolio development process through a directed scenario-based activity. Lastly, participants will employ several strategies to critique sample existing Prior Learning support materials to identify strengths and weaknesses related to the implementation of Adult Learning Principles.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Jun 9 2016
EventNational Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning - Philadelphia, PA
Duration: Jun 9 2016Jun 9 2016

Conference

ConferenceNational Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning
Period06/9/1606/9/16

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