Irene Sheridan (Cork Institute of Technology): Lifelong learning and the recognition of prior learning

Irene’s presentation was framed by the work completed by CIT and partner organisations in compiling a practice focused RPL report in 2009 as part of the Education in Employment initiative. Irene’s presentation offered an overview of the development of the concept of RPL and a representation of its constituent parts, as well as the uses for RPL for progression, entry and granting an award, and considerations for each use. The presentation detailed a range of considerations in using RPL for workplace learners, for institutions and for stakeholders. She posited that the future direction of RPL will be driven by changed economic circumstances and the return of many workplace-based learners to some form of education. Irene gave special mention to the importance of data collection in RPL processes, so that precedent and knowledge is accumulated.

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