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Experiental Learning

Prior non-formal learning (experiential) – what do I have to do ?
 

  • First check with the subject lecturer to see if your case is suitable (or the course co-ordinator or Head of Department) and look at the module learning outcomes (http://courses.cit.ie/index.cfm) and see does your prior learning cover these in your opinion ? 
  • Apply using this application form.
  • It may be a training progamme or course which you have completed but it is not on the national framework of qualifications. You must compete a learning portfolio against the learning outcomes of the module and back up your claim with appropriate proof. This can be certificates, syllabus, course materials and assessments undertaken.
  • You are mapping your previous training/course against the learning outcomes - use a highlighter pen to show where your old syllabus or course notes are similar to the current module.  Do this against each learning outcome to build a case.

For prior informal (experiential) learning – what do I have to do ?

 

  • This is learning which has been gained through working life or voluntary activities in the community and life in general. The approach taken with informal (experiential) learning is to build a case around the learning outcomes describing how you have achieved the learning through life’s activities.
  • First you should check with the subject lecturer to see if your case is suitable (or the course co-ordinator or Head of Department). Look at the module learning outcomes (http://courses.cit.ie/index.cfm) and see does your prior learning cover these in your opinion ?
  • Apply using this application form.
  • You must present your case against the learning outcomes of the module reflecting on how you meet them through your life’s activities. Your answer should bring in real life examples of what your understanding is or how you’ve achieved against the particular learning outcome.
  • Back up your claim with appropriate proof. This can be emails, documents, letters, photographs, testimonials, diaries, log books, evaluations, standard operating procedures, projects, reports, published material etc. Backup everything you claim, signposting is important. Consider what you are including and why is it important here ? What does it demonstrate ?
  • How you organise your proof is important – list what you are using against each learning outcome in the verification section. Proper labeling and referencing of evidence is a good idea. Think about what you are including and why.
  • Remember to work to agreed timelines set by CIT
  • Submit printed, signed and bound copy by week 6 of semester and keep a copy for yourself (its a valuable document).
  • Bring along any original transcripts and certificates for verification (they will not be held, but must be seen to be verified).
  • Note any proof or artifacts which must be returned after the assessment and include a photograph of these in portfolio.
  • Your submission will be fronted by a letter to the assessor explaining the case.

 

 

Prior Learning cases presented for assessment are marked as examination material. This case represents your learning instead of an examination script.

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