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Thursday, October 18 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Designing Assessments and Granting Credit for Open Courseware and Prior Learning

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This presentation discusses the challenges of, and possible solutions for, designing assessments that integrate PLA and Open Courseware, and grant credit for both. Thomas Edison State College students, all of whom are adults, usually come to the College with some prior learning that we can assess for college credit. One challenge, however, is that students don't usually bring knowledge or skills that fit neatly into a 3-credit course-sized box. Some have more than 3 credits' worth; others have only a piece of the puzzle that would address the learning outcomes they need to earn college credit. With Open Courseware, we can explore the possibility of supplementing students' prior learning with modules that help them fill in the gaps. The presenter will discuss ways in which Thomas Edison State College is developing assessments that measure at once both new and prior learning, acquired through both experiential and more traditional avenues. In addition, the presentation will address how this process has led us to think about learning and assessment in new ways: advising, learning outcomes, and competency-based education have all had to be reexamined in light of new developments.

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Marc Singer

Vice Provost, Center for the Assessment of Learning, Thomas Edison State University
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Thursday October 18, 2012 10:30am - 11:15am PDT

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