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EDU-1225-VO01 - Focused Portfolio Development

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Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Synonym: 207904
Location: Online
Credits: 1
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-07-2021 to 11-01-2021
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-18-2021 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 10-10-2021 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Jannice Ellen | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $200.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Comments: Class meets weeks of 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/12, & 10/26. No class weeks of 10/5 & 10/19.

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Course Description:

This course provides students with the opportunity to request credit for college-level learning gained by professional experience, training, or independent study. Students will explore, articulate, and document their learning by developing a focused portfolio requesting up to twelve course credits and four practicum credits in a specific academic discipline. Upon successful completion of the course, credit requests will be reviewed by the VSC Office of Prior Learning Assessment. Recommended prior learning: English Composition or equivalent writing skills, fundamental computer skills. Students must consult an academic advisor before enrolling.

Essential Objectives:

1. Explore and discuss career, educational, and personal goals.
2. Describe and explain the difference between learning and experience.
3. Identify and articulate college-level learning in a specific curricular area, gained by experience, training, or independent study.
4. Collect and present appropriate documentation of college-level learning in a specific curricular area.
5. Prepare and submit a portfolio for faculty review.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

The process of creating a Focused Portfolio is demanding and time-consuming. In the end it is also tremendously rewarding in various ways. Many students have remarked that they would have liked to begin working on some of the preliminary elements prior to the start of the class. The following activities will help you to organize your ideas, gather some of the necessary information, and prepare yourself for the rigorous and exciting process ahead.

Our class motto is“Trust the Process!”


  • Review all documents located in COURSE PRELIMINARIES
  • Stick to the course structure of six sessions offered as dated within the eight weeks of the course. Do not work ahead of the current session. “Trust the process” as it is set up for you.
  • I expect you to ask questions as we go along. You can expect me to respond to your inquiries within 48 hours. Check CCV and CANVAS email often. jannice.ellen@ccv.edu
  • Missing more than one week in this course may lead to a failing grade.


  • Each session/module/week has a detailed class outline along with pertinent resources located in the first document in weekly module.
  • Complete all course preparation prior to first day of course. Be mindful and carve out 15-20 hours per week to successfully navigate this course.


  1. Sign up for CCV email. FPD office emails your transcripts, documentation letters, updates, etc. to this address.
  2. This course frequently communicates through CANVAS messaging system.
  3. Set up an appointment with your advisor, prior to or during during the first week of class.This is extremely important for a successful experience in earning college credits that are relevant to past, present and future college study.
  4. Two valuable resources to review prior to first week of course located in Course Preliminaries: Student Handbook and documents located in Course Documents.Each week you will be assigned reading from FPD handbook and pertinent documents located in Course Documents. Simply knowing the location of each part of this course will provide confidence as you begin the process.
  5. Consider TOPICS below to begin the process, especially if you are looking at a busy fall season:


Since the portfolio process requires a lot of your time, it is never too soon to think about how to manage it. Consider how you might rearrange schedule to provide additional time to work on the portfolio.


This is a great process, and it has worked successfully for over thirty years in Vermont. Thousands of people have received college credit.


List all the work you have had since leaving high school. Where, or for whom, did you work? What were the years at that job? What kinds of work did you do? What was your job title? What did you have to know in order to do the work? What training did you receive while at that job? If you have a resume, update or work on creating one using the list from this process. A simple resume is desired for the purpose of portfolio review.


In some instances credit can be received for knowledge you have which is related to a hobby, such as playing guitar, or coaching a soccer team. As the portfolio development process moves along, you will be able to determine whether or not one of these activities or hobbies is worthy of a credit request. List your past and present activities and hobbies. How long did you participate in the activity? What did you have to know in order to do it?


When class begins, you will be asked to request transcripts. Please do not do this before the first class. Instead, list any colleges or universities you have attended, any individual college courses you have taken, and the dates. If you have received training or education through work, list that. Check with your employer’s human resources department to see if they have a record of your training. List any other classes you have taken or training you have received. If you have certifications, training-completion certificates, and other paperwork related to education and training, now is a good time to dig those out.


It is always easier to identify what we do, while it is more challenging to describe what we know. Describing our knowledge is the first and most important part of the portfolio process. You can give yourself a little head start by brainstorming some ideas.

  • Review the lists of work experiences and activities. Select one aspect of the work and give it acategory title. Some examples of category titles are “doing office work” or “managing a classroom” or “running a small business.”
  • Within the category, start a more detailed list of the things you have to know in order to do the work. For example, in the category “doing office work” you have to know how to operate office machines, procedures for answering telephone calls, and systems for filing the office’s information.
  • Complete as much of this brainstorming activity as you can. Add any ideas that pop up. Don’t erase or delete anything. Don’t worry about getting it “right” or of listing “everything.” At this point there is no “right” and no “everything.” This is the beginning of a process which has its own pace and which unfolds and becomes more clear as it moves along.


Since you will be asking for college credit, it will be very helpful for you to take a tour through some college catalogs to give you ideas and help organize your thinking. If you have run your own small business for several years, take a look at what several different colleges and universities (anywhere in the United States) offer for classes in their undergraduate business programs. If you have worked as a para-educator or in a school or ECE/after-school program, take a look at some education programs. You will not copy any of these course descriptions, nor will you attempt to make your own knowledge fit into someone else’s description. Instead this college catalog tour will spark your own ideas and understandings. Keep track of the catalogs that seemed especially helpful to you, so you can revisit them later for more ideas.


In order to be awarded credit for your knowledge, you will be required to have letters of documentation. People who are experts or who have credentials in that particular area. Later in the process we will spend time discussing documenters and the qualities that make a person a good documenter. Initially it will be helpful if you begin making a list of people who might be able to write a letter for you. This is another brainstorming list, and will be revised a lot before the portfolio is complete.


This course will be taught with a combination of:

  • step-by-step process to complete portfolio
  • Weekly and bi-weekly assignments including: reading, writing and discussion forums.


EDU-1225-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Jannice Ellen
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Gilberto Diaz Santos

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Focused Portfolio Development is an intense study that requires an exact process to completion. More than ONE absence (one week of uncompleted work) may lead to a failing grade. If the quality of participation is infrequent or incomplete on any given week, the instructor reserves the right to mark as an absence.


Fall 2021


Sessions 1 and 2: are devoted to the Experience-to-Learning Method

  • Student Handbook: Chapters 1-4

Read all documents and links located in first and second week modules

  1. Generate experience list
  2. Break out the major experiences
  3. Break down experience
  4. Meet with advisor and formulate degree plan
  5. Formulate learning components
  6. Participate in all assigned discussion forums (review protocol for discussion forums)
  7. Complete Learning Component Quiz
  8. Share Learning Components (forum discussion)


  • Student Handbook: Chapters 5 & 6

Read all documents and links located in third week module

  1. Read/watch/review all sections in first two modules: Week One and Week Two
  2. Participate in discussion forums (review protocol for discussion forums)
  3. Develop and complete Areas of Study
  4. Complete list of potential documentation sources
  5. Complete practicum if you are applying for one
  6. Degree plan assigned week one is due

SESSION FOUR (two week plan)

  • Student Handbook: Chapters 7 & 8

Read all documents and links located in fourth week module

1. Participate discussion forums (review protocol for discussion forums)

2. Work on narrative essay

3. Work on resume

4. Work on annotated Bibliography (if you decide to include in portfolio)

5. Send out documenter requests

SESSION FIVE (two week plan)

  • Student Handbook: Chapter 9

Read all documents and links located in fifth week module

1. Waiting for documentation

2. Upload edited narrative essay for grade

3. Portfolio assembly

4. Upload/mail final assembled portfolio for instructor review and grade


1. Final portfolio submitted to PLA

2. Complete course evaluation

3. Participate in final discussion forum

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 Honesty: 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.

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