RPL Digital Badge

March 13, 2023
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Online Course: Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)is a process by which prior learning is formally valued. It is a means by which prior learning is identified, assessed, and recognised by an educational institution as part of its programmes, courses, and/or modules on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).  This makes it possible for an individual to build on learning achieved and to be rewarded for it. This badge enables staff working in the tertiary sector to gain an understanding of what RPL means within their own context, reflecting on its application and potential in their institution but also in the sector in which they are working.

In partnership with The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, the fully online Recognition of Prior Learning Digital Badge is open for registration.  This free 6 week course is available to all staff currently working in tertiary education in the Republic of Ireland, subject to availability of places. Additional facilitator training is included so that you can become a facilitator of this course and run it in your own institution.  A further commitment of five learner hours will be required for the facilitator add-on, in addition to attendance at two extra webinars over 2 weeks.

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Registration closes on March 31st

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Badge Practicalities

There are 25 learner effort hours required for the successful completion of this badge which can be broken down as follows:

  • Live Webinars every week from 9:30 – 11:00am (Total 9 Hours)
  • Peer Triad Participation for one hour per week (6 hours)
  • Self-directed learning through the engagement with the course materials, completion of associated activities and the production of a Journal of Reflection (10 hours).
RPL Digital Badge Commitment
Digital Badge Commitment Table

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the concept of RPL and reflect on its application within their own setting;
  • Reflect on the potential impact of RPL for an institution, its staff and students;
  • Identify existing policies and consider their alignment with practice;
  • Analyse the relationship between programme and module learning outcomes and the RPL candidate.
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RPL Digital Badge Schedule Table

We all learn everywhere and all the time. RPL makes invisible learning visible, helping you get your qualifications faster. #YourLearningCounts

Digital Badge Content
Digital Badge Content Table

Badge Developers

This open course has been developed by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with Deirdre Goggin, MTU, and Dr Cathal de Paor, MIC (original content designers); updates by Dr Ciara Staunton, UCC and The RPL in Higher Education Project, a HCI Pillar 3 Initiative. 

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Registration closes on March 31st.

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RPL Digital Badge - Introduction by Dr Ciara Staunton