PLA: A Labor of Love for Sue Kloster

Sue Kloster, a Communication Studies major with a concentration in Training & Development, completed her PLA Portfolio at Marylhurst University over a five-year span, earning a total of 30 credits! With Sue’s rich work experience, she was able to challenge courses in her major on topics that she already uses on a daily basis and could document extensively. They include:

BUS 400 Personal Ethics in Organizations
COL 340 Organizational Communication
COL 432 Leadership Communication
CTD 440 Principles of Instructional Design
CTD 446 Helping Adults Learn
CTD 448 High Impact Training Materials
CCM 311 The Art of Purposeful Interviewing
CCM 323 Effective Listening
CCM 324 Nonverbal Communication
CCM 420 Professional Presentations

As Sue reflected on PLA, she revealed how important it was to her personal learning journey:

“I absolutely love the feeling of acknowledgment and validation I got from the prior learning assessment process. It has made me appreciate how much learning is available outside the academic environment for those who embrace and pursue it….  The PLA program, like many of the courses I have taken at Marylhurst, has taught me more about myself than any other single thing. It has been hard and wonderful.”

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Prior learning + transfer credits = not starting from scratch

One of my students, Angela Murphy, in spring term’s LRN 150 Learning Assessment Workshop, openly shared her apprehensions about coming back to college. As she considered what she’d need to do to complete her undergraduate degree, she worried that her previous college credits wouldn’t be accepted, and whether she’d be able to manage the course Continue reading “Prior learning + transfer credits = not starting from scratch”

New Heights

“Not only did PLA reinforce my knowledge, it boosted my self-esteem to heights I have never experienced before.  I had always looked at my work history and life experiences as an eclectic anthology for my life – there did not seem to be much of a theme.  What PLA did for me was to offer a clear theme, not only for my resume but for the beliefs I hold about myself.” ~PLA Alum