The candidates perspective module
The Candidates Perspective
- identifying learning gained to then build on this learning in order to meet future goals
- demonstrating prior learning for entry into into courses where the required entry qualifications are not held
- to demonstrate that the skills and knowledge required to achieve a course or components of a course within a programme have previously been achieved
- to gain a full qualification based on prior and current knowledge, skills and learning
In the previous module you were asked to consider:
What questions could you ask someone to help them reflect on their own experience?
Some possibilities could include:
- What did the experience involve?
- What happened?
- What were your thoughts and feelings?
- How did it affect you and others?
- What skills did you use?
- Did you have those skills before or are they new?
- What knowledge did you need? Was this new or previously held?
- What did you learn from the experience?
- What can you take from this experience and use in other ways?
The learning that comes from any experience is individualized to the learner.
Two people may have done the same job but it is the learning gained through that job that is important and may be quite different for each person. This is where reflecting on your previous experience is important and exploring what you have learnt from that experience including how you will use your learning in similar or more challenging situations.
Recognising skills and learning
Sometimes because we take things for granted it can be difficult to recognize the skills and learning within the experiences we have.
The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (2010) provide an example of this that is expanded upon here
Identify a job that you have down or a role that you have held?
- Working in a pub
What skills did you need for this ?
- negotiating skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, written communication, planning, prioritizing, team work, managing conflict, money handling, using eft-pos and electronic tills
What knowledge did you need for this?
- knowledge of various drinks and appropriate serving glasses, recipes and cocktail mixes, currency and mathematics, legal requirements and expectations in relation to alcohol, effects of alcohol, factors that can affect communication,
What did you learn?
- This may include: How to mix and serve drinks, how to diffuse potentially volatile situations, how to listen to customers, how to prioritize and provide effective customer service in a busy environment,
What evidence can you provide of your learning and experience?
- This may include: Letters of reference from Manager or colleagues, testimony or feedback from customers, exemplars from practice, willingness to undertake practical demonstration, video of practice
The scenario above provides a useful process to uncovering the learning involved.
RPL Profiling Tools
RPL profiling tools utilize this process and develop this further by identifying courses or learning outcomes that the learning relates to and then explore whether further action or learning is required.
An RPL profiling tool adapted from The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (2010)
This is a useful tool when exploring previous experience leading to a qualification.
Matching Evidence to Learning Outcomes
The same areas can be explored in a different sequence when investigating whether you already have the skills and knowledge identified as the learning outcomes for a specific course.
In this situation you might start with the learning outcomes and use the following sequence
Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework. (2010.) Facilitating the Recognition of Prior Learning: Toolkit. Retrieved from http://www.scqf.org.uk/content/files/rpl/RPL_Toolkit_FINAL_-_May_2010.pdf