Adults learn constantly - on the job, in relationships, through hobbies, life events,
reading, travel, and volunteer work. As an adult student, you may have acquired college-level
learning outside the traditional college classroom in several areas. The Portfolio
Program provides a form of assessment, similar to testing, of what you have learned
through your life experience and enables you to demonstrate that your learning is
equivalent to a specific college course so you can challenge that course for credit.
The first step in this process is to take the required IDS 102: Prior Learning Portfolio
Development course, an online accelerated three-credit course taught over eight weeks.
IDS 102 is designed to help you analyze your experience, relate what you have learned
to college courses, and prepare a portfolio to demonstrate that your learning is equivalent
to what is taught in a specific course.
Common Elements of Portfolios
- Course description and learning outcomes to serve as the standard against which your
knowledge is measured.
- Narrative in which you describe what you did, what you learned, how you applied your
knowledge, and how it relates to the course learning outcomes.
- Documentary evidence from a variety of sources to support your claims to knowledge.
Contact the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Office with questions.
Please Note: Portfolios submitted without an approved Portfolio Course Proposal or by students
who have not completed Charter Oak's IDS 102: Prior Learning Portfolio Development
course will not be accepted and will not be returned. Please do not send any portfolio materials without receiving permission first.