Activities, assignments and assessment/Recognising Contextual Learning
Recognising Contextual Learning: The work of CAPABLENZ, Otago Polytechnic.
Willie Campbell's presentation to AAAOpenConf2013.
CAPABLENZ has developed a very learner centred way of working to support people to articulate their existing learning and to identify ways of meeting learning needs identified during that process. We operate a national centre that works with a range of qualifications. This presentation will focus on the Bachelor of Applied Management, Bachelor of Social services and Bachelor of Culinary Arts. Willie Campbell is a Facilitator and assessor in the centre.
The RPL program is designed to support people to have contextual learning valued in a real sense. An Individual approach is taken to pull out evidence - three pieces of assessment that goes to a panel for verification and approval.
Three parts : Presentation - multi media ; Professional Conversation - discussion about what has been presented; Portfolio of evidence - paper based or digital.
Mostly carried out in vocational courses but also at Degree level - assessed against graduate attributes. Mostly done by distance with as many graduates as teaching schools.
Q: How acceptable it is within community?
W: No difficulty with being accepted, but originally we didn't provide grades, but now we do as some areas required this. In HE the graduate profiles are very useful to this process of recognising contextual learning.