Syllabus, ED 202 Prior Learning Assessment (Portfolio)

Fall 8 week 2, 2001

Regis University School for Professional Studies


Instructor:   Caroline Marwitz          E-mail:   

Online course address via WebCT:

Textbooks:     1) Prior Learning Assessment: The Portfolio Process (Regis University, 2001)  (Available in CD-rom or paper version.).

                        2) Learning Style Inventory (LSI) (McBer & Hay.).

                        3) Recommended grammar book:   The New Century Handbook or The Harbrace Handbook. (Personally, I feel that if you care enough about your writing to buy a reference book on grammar, any book you purchase will be fine! And bravo to you for caring about writing well!!)

Denver office:   Lowell campus, ALC Room 305  

Phone: 1-800-967-3237 ext. 5202           

Branch office:   Fort Collins campus

Phone: 1-970-493-6554

Mailing Address:         SPS Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio Office
                                        Mail Code K-28
                                        Regis University
                                        3333 Regis Blvd.
                                        Denver CO 80221
(If you miss this deadline, call me or e-mail me and I will make sure you are not changed into a toad or dropped from the course.)

Week 1 assignments due midnight Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001:

        E-mail me with your e-mail address, fax, any special fax instructions, home and work phone numbers.

       Introduce yourself on the Forum. See the Getting Started page for further instruction.

       Scavenger hunt/web critique:

       Surf the Regis portfolio website and find two course descriptions that might be potential portfolios for you. Post the links on the WebCT Forum, indicate if they have overviews and post those links, if applicable.

       Post a statement that tells what one thing was most helpful on the web site.

       Post a statement that tells what one thing you would change about the web site.

       Find the links to the Prior Learning Action Plan and the Petition Form and post them on the WebCT Forum.

       Write and e-mail to me a 1-2 page reflection paper on a skill you learned or an experience from which you learned a lesson. Tell me how you learned this skill: What did you do first? What did you do next? What did you notice? What did you conclude? What advice would you give? What would you do differently next time?

       Read Learning Topics 1 and 2 from the textbook.

       Complete the Lifeline exercise from the textbook and fax or e-mail it to me.

 Week 2 assignments due midnight, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001:

        Read Learning Topic 3 from the textbook. Briefly look over appendix 1 and appendix 3.

       Write Personal Learning Theme draft (7-9 pages double spaced, font size 12 or 14).

       Do Learning Style Inventory (LSI).

       Post on the Forum 1-2 paragraphs reflecting on and analyzing the results of your LSI.

  Week 3 assignments due midnight, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001:

        Read Learning Topic 4 from textbook.

       Revise Personal Learning Theme based on instructor's feedback. Put it in a three-ring binder for submission as part of your completed portfolio.

       Write and e-mail to me a 2-3 page reflection paper discussing what course you have chosen to portfolio first and why. Give an example or tell a story that illustrates why you think you have the learning to do this particular portfolio. Use all four areas of the Kolb model. Put in parentheses any ideas you have for documents or evidence you might produce to prove your case.

 Week 4 assignments due midnight, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001:

        Read Learning Topics 5 and 6.  Look over appendix 2 if you haven't already.

       Write and e-mail to me a draft of your portfolio essay. See your textbook for the proper length under section 1.2--'expected content for major assignments.'

 Week 5 assignments due midnight, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001:

        Write and e-mail to me a draft of your portfolio summary, following the model in the textbook's portfolio sample.

       Post on the Forum a list of the documentation you are considering using.

 Week 6 assignments due midnight, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001:

        Read Learning Topic 7.

       Fill out Prior Learning Action Plan if you haven't already, and put it in your notebook.

       Begin to gather documentation.

 Week 7 assignments due midnight, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001:

        Revise the Portfolio Essay and Portfolio Summary as needed.

       Read Learning Topic 8.

       Put together your portfolio.

 Final assignment due date:

       Mail or hand in your portfolio by Friday, December 21, 2001.