The University of Wolverhampton is recognised as a world-leader
in its development and use of eportfolios within the curriculum,
including use for pre-course advice and induction. An eportfolio
can be used as a personal learning space to record and store a
range of data, to reflect on that data and to repurpose it into a
range of new uses e.g. CVs, job applications, reflection,
portfolios of work etc and is a suitable environment through which
we can provide initial assessment, structured support and guidance
to students who may be able to make a claim for Accreditation of
Prior Learning (APL).
APL is a structured process where students can achieve
University level credits for informal and non-formal learning, i.e.
what they have learnt from their experiences, and for formal
learning they have completed in another institution, or elsewhere.
The two types of learning are referred to as ‘Experiential
Learning’, from informal and non-formal learning, and ‘Certificated
Learning’, for formal learning; APEL and APCL, respectively.
In 2010 the
University of Wolverhampton was awarded funding from the
Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Lifelong Learning
Network to run a small pilot project to develop an eportfolio
based on-line application facility for submission of claims for
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) and to access
advice and guidance in connection with making such a claim.
The tool was developed by Pebble Learning Ltd.
and covers both Experiential and Certificated Learning. It has been
tested by a group of academic and support staff and a group of
work-based learners in the School of Health and Wellbeing.
Potential applicants and existing students access the tool via a
website hosted by Pebble Learning
The applicant creates an account and completes a number of
pre-set questions that are assessed by an academic tutor, through a
webfolio that is automatically created on a Pebble gateway. Initial
advice and guidance is given and where there is a potential claim
for credits the applicant is told what additional information needs
to be provided, again through the web interface. Once the advice
has been given the applicant’s account is unlocked and additional
information can be added and a claim submitted.
Testing of the tool showed that the staged process and the use
of gateways and the on-line entry were successful. Further work is
necessary before the tool can be made accessible outside of the
For more information on this project contact: Alison Felce -
University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY
Course enquiries: 0800 953 3222, General enquiries: 01902 321000 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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