Velda Metelmann recently completed her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in English Literature & Writing and Human Studies, and is now in a graduate program to earn her Masters! Congratulations, Velda!
Readings and Special Project in the Teachings of Abd’ul-Bahá
In her Final Reflection Essay, Velda talked about how writing for PLA credits increased her confidence in her writing skills, so that now a 6-8 page term paper seems like an easy task after working on a 20-25 page PLA essay. She also commented that, “My love of writing has been increased as well as my skill in the art, and I look forward to my next terms with excitement.”
In this video Velda shares her experience in the PLA program – her enthusiasm for life-long learning is infectious!
Greg used his personal experiences as well as those from his professional life as a high school teacher and athletic coach to demonstrate his college-level competency for these courses:
Small Group Communication
Planning & Facilitating Difficult Group Discussions
Communication of Self-Esteem
Poverty and Schooling
In his Final Reflection Essay, Greg wrote, in part, “I learned how to analyze and evaluate theoretical texts from scholarly sources and to apply this material to my own life experience. Organizing my essays produced a continuum, and with the completion of each paper the method became smoother.”
Carleen Walsh, an Interdisciplinary Studies major with concentrations in Early Childhood Education, Psychology, and Literature, recently completed her Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio, earning 45 credits for knowledge she gained through her professional and personal experiences – that’s the maximum number of PLA credits a Marylhurst student can earn! Here is a list of the courses Carleen wrote for:
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Law – Fundamentals
Introduction to Law – Substantive Areas
Observation and Guidance I
Environment and Curriculum II
Instructional Strategies – Reading
Introduction to Christian Bible
Backpacking: Map and Compass
One thing of note that Carleen included in her Final Reflection Essay was this:
As I was writing each essay, I was totally caught up in what I was writing about, and became aware how much knowledge I gained through different experiences. Some of these experiences were over 10 years ago, but I was back at that time as I was writing the essay, and reading material showed me how much I know about a certain subject.