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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 12-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | EDU-1240-VO51S - Assessment of Prior Learning

Synchronous Class

Synchronous courses are delivered through a combination of online and regularly-scheduled Zoom sessions. In synchronous classes, students must attend Zoom sessions and actively engage with each other and faculty in course activities and discussions.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Synchronous Section: This course has schedule meeting dates and times online via Zoom. See below or consult Self Service - Search for Courses and Sections for specific dates and times.
In-Person Meeting Day/Times via Zoom: Thursday, 02:00P - 04:00P
Semester Dates: 01-26-2023 to 05-04-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
Comments: State of Vermont employees ONLY


Penne Lynch
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Melissa DeBlois

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for students to earn college credit for prior learning acquired either on the job, through independent study, or in other settings. Students explore past learning experiences and identify future educational goals. Students develop an individual portfolio describing and documenting college-level prior learning. Upon successful completion of the course, students may submit their portfolios to the Office of Prior Learning Assessment for review of credit requests. Recommended prior learning: English Composition or equivalent writing skills, fundamental computer skills. Students must consult an academic advisor before enrolling.

Essential Objectives

1. Discuss and continue to explore personal, career and educational goals.
2. Explore the diversity and complexity of higher education; learn to discriminate among colleges, degrees, courses, and programs; and begin to formulate specific plans for obtaining a degree.
3. Develop a portfolio that distinguishes between learning and experience, identifies and articulates college-level learning, organizes the learning into broader disciplines, and follows the guidelines established by the Vermont State Colleges System Office of Prior Learning Assessment.
4. Determine whether or not to have the portfolio assessed.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


  • Small-group and whole-class discussion
  • Lecture
  • Online activities and writing assignments
  • Individual sessions with an instructor to review portfolio requirements and content

Evaluation Criteria

  • 70% completion of assignments
  • 30% Portfolio Completion

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Starting the Process


Lecture and APL Handbook


Short Essay, Resume, Development Timeline of Learning and Life Events



Organizing and Evaluating Learning for College Credit


Lecture and APL Handbook


Continuation of teasing out college-level learning



Areas of Study and Learning Components


Lecture and APL Handbook


Writing learning statements using Bloom verbs



Continuing to write learning statements and areas of study


Class discussion and APL Handbook


Continuation of week 3 work



Documentation and Documenters


Visit from PLA Director during class and APL Handbook


Continue writing learning components and areas of study

Identifying documenters



Developing the Degree Plan


Review of degree plan at various colleges


Continue writing areas of study and constructing a degree plan



Check-in with Instructor and Essay Development


Lecture and APL Handbook


Essay development and continuation of refining areas of study



Peer Review of Areas of Study and Contacting Contacting Documenters


APL Handbook


Upload draft of Areas of Study to Discussion Board for peer review



Finalizing Resume and Degree Plan


APL Handbook


Polishing of Areas of Study, Resume, and Degree Plan



Compiling the Portfolio


Lecture and APL Handbook


Adding documents to the Portfolio



Independent week - Catch up & Help with Instructor


Meeting with Instructor and APL Handbook


Individualized assignments - to be determined



Finalizing the Portfolio and Reviewing Letters of Documentation


Lecture, APL Handbook


Individualized assignments



Finishing Touches and Peer Review of Essay and Portfolio


APL Handbook


Upload Essay to Discussion Board for Peer Review



Submit Draft Portfolio for Instructor Review


APL Handbook, Feedback from Instructor


Submit completed Portfolio with all current documents for instructor review



Final Class Meeting and Submission of Approved Portfolio to Prior Learning Office


APL Handbook


Submission of instructor approved, final Portfolio and class evaluation


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Students are expected to attend every class meeting for the full meeting time. Arriving late, or leaving early, is disruptive to the learning environment. If an absence is unavoidable, the student must contact the faculty member prior to the class meeting and make arrangements to complete all required assignments by the due date. A student missing more than two class meetings will earn a non-passing grade.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Students are expected to attend all class meetings and complete all assignments by the due dates.

Late assignments will be accepted for grading. For assignments less than 7 days late, a 20% penalty will apply. For assignments less than 14 days late, a 30% penalty will apply. Note: All assignments lead directly to creating the portfolio. Therefore, you will need to complete assignments even if they are graded with a 0 due to lateness.

The portfolio must be approved and submitted by the established due date, which will be discussed in our first class meeting.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.