How can I get credit for what I already know? Is there an alternative way to become certified? Are there colleges that offer credit for prior learning? What's the fastest way for me to finish my degree? These are questions that students often have, but don't know who to ask. Studies have shown that most students are not aware of Prior Learning Assessment options, or alternative paths to earning a degree, or getting certified in a field. In this course, we will define alternative credentials, look at the research that supports these paths to completion, and discover all of the various paths to credentialing.

Maps, in general, are essential tools for navigation. They help us to easily locate places, and can provide us a method for achieving a particular goal. Mapping a curriculum can help alleviate two common curriculum problems: unnecessary redundancies and gaps. In this course we will look at who needs to be part of a mapping team, how to construct a timeline for the map, tools that make mapping less daunting, and how to map. We will also look at what accrediting agencies will look for in program mapping, which can make the task of accreditation go much smoother both now and in the future. 

Cognitive and social psychology can inform the design of learning in ways that go beyond what is generally known as learning theories. Sadly, few individuals responsible for designing instruction know the various theories in cognitive and social psychology that can inform the design of learning experiences. In this course, we will specifically explore the theories from the field of user experience that can provide new tools to those who design educational experiences.
This course is for faculty interested in learning how to create portfolio assessments within Moodle. We will examine various grading solutions including matching to outcomes, creating rubrics, and using scales. We will also examine how this type of assessment can be automatically connected to a student's portfolio in Mahara. This integration provides students with the ability to create a resume using learning artifacts that have been assessed in Moodle, and matched to outcomes. This also provides capabilities for creating evidence that supports accreditation requirements.