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IDS 102: Prior Learning Portfolio Development

Course Description

This course focuses on the principles and methodology of assessing college level learning acquired outside the traditional classroom. Students analyze personal learning in terms of adult learning theory. They identify, articulate, and document personal learning outcomes and relate what they have learned to the topics and learning outcomes  college courses. The course promotes skill development in organizing information, writing, analyzing, and critical thinking. Students prepare a prior learning portfolio to demonstrate learning equivalent to one course which may be submitted for assessment at no additional charge within 30 days of successfully completing the IDS 102 course. A grade of “C” or better in this course is required for anyone seeking portfolio credit.  (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between learning experiences and learning outcomes.
  2. Analyze their personal learning experiences in terms of adult learning theory and in relation to college courses.
  3. Identify and document their personal learning outcomes.
  4. Examine topics and learning outcomes of college courses in relation to their personal learning outcomes.
  5. Identify college courses  that potentially match their personal learning outcomes.
  6. Prepare a prior learning portfolio to demonstrate that their personal learning is equivalent to what would be achieved by successfully completing a specified credit-bearing course taught at a regionally accredited higher education institution.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Class Discussions (based on 8 forums)

10%

Auto-graded Activities (based on 3 quizzes)

5%

Worksheets (based on Proposal, Learning Inventory, Summary Sheet, and Evidence List)

10%

Portfolio Documents (based on Resume, 1st draft Introduction, and 1st draft Narrative)

15%

Revised Portfolio Documents (based on 2nd draft Introduction and 2nd draft Narrative)

20%

Portfolio

40%

Total

100%

Required Text

  • All materials for the course are available on the class site. Please see the class site for all reading assignments.

 

Recommended Resources

  • A good desktop reference for grammar, punctuation, etc. Any handbook that you already have that includes the current APA and MLA reference formats will do. Recommend the one used in Charter Oak's IDS101: Cornerstone Seminar:

    • Rosa, A., & Eschholz, P. The Writer’s Brief Handbook. 7th ed. New York: Pearson, Longman, 2010. ISBN-10: 0-205-74407-9 or ISBN-13: 978-0-205-74407-7
    • A college level dictionary

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1, 2

Topic: Implicit Learning

Readings:

  • Academic Honesty
  • General Information about the Portfolio Process
  • Components of a Portfolio
  • Resume Writing
  • Resume Guidelines
  • Tacit Knowledge and Cows
  • Resume Writing Instructions from America's Career Information Network
  • Read the lecture material and assigned readings
  • Participate in discussions (First discussion response is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday. See Course Policies for more information)
  • Submit Portfolio Document Assignment: Resume
  • Complete Quiz: Portfolio Information

2

1, 2

Topic: Distinguishing Experience from Learning

Readings:

  • Writing the Portfolio Introduction
  • Portfolio Introduction Instructions and Requirements
  • Exploring the Possibilities
  • Understanding Experience, Reflection and Learning
  • Read the lecture material and  assigned readings
  • Participate in discussions (First discussion response is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday. See Course Policies for more information)
  • Submit Worksheet Assignment: Learning Inventory Worksheet

3

1-4

Topic: Identifying College Level Knowledge

Readings:

  • Finding Course Descriptions
  • How Can You Tell College-Level Knowledge
  • Credit Level Guidelines
  • Verification Letters
  • Writing the Portfolio Introduction
  • Portfolio Introduction Requirements
  • Portfolio Proposal Worksheet
  • Portfolio Proposal Form
  • Read the lecture material and  assigned readings
  • Participate in discussions (First discussion response is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday. See Course Policies for more information)
  • Submit Worksheet Assignment: Portfolio Proposal
  • Submit Portfolio Document Assignment: Assignment: Portfolio Introduction, 1st draft

4

1-5

Topic: Learning Outcomes

Readings:

  • Identifying Learning Outcomes
  • Learning Outcomes Requirements
  • Portfolio Summary Sheet
  • Sample Summary Sheet
  • The Portfolio Introduction
  • Portfolio Introduction Requirements
  • Read the lecture material and  assigned readings
  • Participate in discussions (First discussion response is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday. See Course Policies for more information)
  • Submit Worksheet Assignment: Portfolio Summary Sheet, Column 1
  • Submit Revised Portfolio Document Assignment: Portfolio Introduction, 2nd draft

5

1-3

Topic: Critical Thinking Skills

Readings:

  • Portfolio Summary Sheet
  • Sample Portfolio Summary Sheet
  • The Portfolio Narrative
  • Writing the Portfolio Narrative
  • Portfolio Narrative Requirements
  • Documenting Your Knowledge and Experience
  • Selecting Documentation
  • Read the lecture material and  assigned readings
  • Participate in discussions (First discussion response is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday. See Course Policies for more information)
  • Submit Worksheet Assignment: Portfolio Summary Sheet, Column 2
  • Submit Portfolio Document Assignment: Narrative, 1st draft

6

1-3

Topics: Writing the Portfolio Narrative and Citing Sources

Readings:

  • Portfolio Summary Sheet
  • Sample Portfolio Summary Sheet
  • The Portfolio Narrative Summary
  • Writing the Portfolio Narrative
  • Portfolio Narrative Requirements
  • Documenting Your Knowledge and Experience
  • Selecting Documentary Evidence
  • Portfolio Documentation Worksheet
  • Documentary Evidence List
  • Read the lecture material and  assigned readings
  • Participate in discussions (First discussion response is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday. See Course Policies for more information)
  • Submit Worksheet Assignment: Portfolio Documentation Worksheet
  • Submit Worksheet Assignment: Portfolio Documentary Evidence form, fully completed
  • Submit Worksheet Assignment: Portfolio Summary Sheet, fully completed
  • Complete Quiz: Citing and Quoting

7

1-3

Topic: Writing Week

Readings:

  • There are no assigned readings for this week.

 

  • Participate in discussions (First discussion response is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday. See Course Policies for more information)
  • Submit Worksheet Assignment: Portfolio Summary Sheet, fully completed
  • Submit Worksheet Assignment: Portfolio Documentary Evidence form, fully completed
  • Submit Revised Portfolio Document Assignment: Portfolio Narrative, 2nd draft

8

5

Topic: Compiling Your Portfolio

Readings:

  • There are no assigned readings for this week.
  • Submit Assignment: Portfolio
  • Complete Quiz: Submitting Your Finished Portfolio
  • Complete Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.