Introducing the RPL Support System Trial 2: ‘The BNIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Support Systems Trial’
ePortfolio and RPL Implementation Model,
developed by Glenn Searle, Manager, Blended Learning Solutions.
‘The BNIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Support Systems Trial’ project being conducted by Brisbane North Institute of TAFE will be guided by the ePortfolio and RPL Implementation Model, developed by Glenn Searle, Manager, Blended Learning Solutions.
This trial will explore the use of the Desire2Learn e-Portfolio tool to enable the purposeful aggregation of digital items – ideas, evidence, reflections etc – to present a selected audience (i.e. BNIT Information Technology (IT) teachers) with evidence of an individual’s learning and/or ability. The pilot group from Mincom Australia will be a group of IT workers who are keen to obtain a qualification as recognition of their industry experience. The aim is to assess RPL and/ or determine training requirements for current Mincom employees in the IT industry in terms of:
- Full RPL
- Partial RPL with Gap Training
- Standard Training Pathway.
The purpose of this trial is to explore ways e-portfolio systems can support the RPL process and help identify functionality required by e-portfolio systems to enable such processes and workflows.
Although the goals of this trial are specific to the target learner group and the Vocational Training Area (VTA), the team will also aim to provide exemplars that are transferable to other VTAs and the wider national training system.
The projected outcomes for this trial will assist learners in presenting what they are learning and planning in their personal, academic and professional life, and how this learning and planning will interconnect. Benefits include:
· Learner’s e-Portfolio will help them explore career paths and individualised learning plans that will best prepare them for careers in their industry.
· Development of the teachers’ knowledge and skills in the assessment of published learning artefacts for recognition purposes
· Learners can show current and prospective employers their e-Portfolio as part of their job, pathway to other learning and employment opportunities.
· Capacity for lessons learned (eg case studies of learners to capture the experience) to inform the uptake of this technology for broader national training system application.
· The opportunity to undertake an RPL assessment process utilising an e-
Portfolio system (Desire2Learn).
Expected target learner benefits will include the opportunity to:
· Create a personal e-Portfolio that can help learners to develop, access and maintain a repository that best reflects their knowledge, skills and experience
· Draw upon examples documented in their e-Portfolio when prospective employers ask learners for evidence of the skills and attributes they’re looking for
· Access to and use of a more efficient recognition process that contributes towards RPL and/or gap training
Expected organisation benefits include:
· The development of e-Portfolio templates and exemplars, which the institute will use to facilitate the RPL process and development of individualised learning plans
· Skilled workforce in the use of e-Portfolio technologies
· Showcase the benefits of e-Portfolios to student learning experiences.
· Improved/streamlined RPL processes
Expected wider training system benefits include:
· Identification of future e-Standards’ work to support the use of e-Portfolio technologies to support the RPL process;
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