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Course Match PLA
Course Match Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is for students in credit-based programs
Students pursuing these degrees can demonstrate college-level learning through a Course Match PLA project. Credit can be awarded if a project shows how course learning outcomes were met through a connection between personal, professional and/or community service experience and academic knowledge.
Students select a course in their degree program (not a residency requirement) that matches college-level learning gained from their experience (knowledge or demonstrable skills). If you are interested in matching to an SCPS or a non-SCPS course, please contact the PLA Advisor (SCPSPLA@depaul.edu ).
A Course Match PLA project can be a paper that relates personal or professional experience to the ideas of others, cited in the paper or presentation. In addition, supplemental artifacts such as work products may be submitted.
If you have not previously completed PLA, you are encouraged to take the RPL 101 – Prior Learning Assessment class.
Course Match PLA projects are submitted through D2L.
You must repeat this process for each course match PLA you plan to submit.
The PLA submission (including form and evidence) will assessed by a content expert in a related field who will determine whether the student has demonstrated the learning outcomes of the course. Students will receive an email notifying them of the content expert's assessment decision.
Course Match PLA Resources
Course Match PLA Examples
BADM 340 – Implementing Corporate Training Programs
BADM 340 Essay
DCM 302 – Project Management
DCM 302 Essay
Content experts will use this rubric to assess Course Match PLA submissions. Submissions need to demonstrate college-level learning through experience, knowledge, and connection in the context of a course’s learning outcomes.
Effectively communicates relevant explanation of personal and/or professional experience(s) related to learning outcome(s).
Explanation and description of the experience(s) is unclear and/or non-specific. No context or background of the experience was provided. The relationship between experience(s) and the learning outcome(s) is non-existent or scholarly investigation irrelevant. Provides no evidence that learning occurred. Experience is conflated with learning (i.e., length of time is equivalent to mastery).
KNOWLEDGE AND/OR PRACTICE:
Effectively communicates relevant theories and/or best practices related to learning outcome(s).
REFLECTION AND SELF-ASSESSMENT
Effectively reflects upon experience and critically self-assesses abilities in relationship to relevant body of knowledge.