Foundation Skills/Ways of assessing student learning and providing meaningful feedback/Assessment of prior learning

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Assessment of prior learning

Some tertiary institutions have processes in place whereby people with extensive experience in a particular field can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) towards a qualification or part of a qualification. At Otago Polytechnic, all applications for RPL are made to CapableNZ who will facilitate the assessment of prior learning (APL) process. Typically, a person with extensive work experience would express interest in applying for RPL through CaapbleNZ and would then meet with a facilitator who works with the candidate to prepare a portfolio of evidence against the learning outcomes outlined in the graduate profile of a relevant programme. When the candidate is ready, a presentation is made to an assessment panel. Members of the panel consider the candidate's portfolio, presentation and responses to questions during the APL process and immediately after the candidate's presentation would make a decision about what level of credit should be granted .