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The workshops provide case studies and use scenarios to explore the experience of portfolio assessment, and participants complete practice exercises using student-developed portfolios.

Participants will also refine the skills and understanding necessary to assess portfolios through interactions in the large group setting, as well as individual and small group exercises.


Participants who complete the course requirements will obtain a CAEL Assessing Prior Learning Certificate upon workshop completion.

Course Objectives

  • Explore the various forms of PLA, with a focus on learning portfolios
  • Examine best practices in PLA

Course Outcomes

  • Identify and explain principles and value of experiential learning
  • Advocate to various audiences the value of PLA
  • Describe and utilize the steps, tools and procedures in the PLA process, with an emphasis on portfolio development
  • Apply the CAEL Ten Standards for Assessing Learning in PLA

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Upcoming Assessing Prior Learning Training
Start Dates


Canvas Course ID Start Date Registration Close Date
PDAPL-535 Monday, September 14th Wednesday, September 9th
PDAPL-509 Monday, October 12th Wednesday, October 7th

Online Delivery

The assessing prior learning workshop is four weeks long and offered online. It can be purchased by individuals or by universities and colleges who are looking to purchase a cohort for their faculty.

For those interested in learning more about purchasing a cohort, please contact the professional development team at CAELProfessionalDevelopment@cael.org.

To purchase an individual course, register by clicking the button below.