Technological Aids to the Efficient Assessment of Prior Learning

Technological Aids to the Efficient Assessment of Prior Learning

Desirée Joosten-ten Brinke (Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands), Marcel van der Klink (Open University of The Netherlands, The Netherlands), Wendy Kicken (Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands) and Peter Sloep (Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-983-5.ch013
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Abstract

It is generally acknowledged that learning and education play a prominent part throughout employees’ careers across their entire lifespan. In the era of lifelong learning, Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) is a powerful means for enhancing employees’ further professional development and learning, formally and informally. Though there is a growing attention for APL, the procedures, design, development and maintenance of APL remain a quite costly and time-consuming experience. After a description of the background and features of APL, this chapter examines the possibilities for re-using and interoperability by means of e-technologies. The chapter discusses the major components of the APL procedure, including the current possibilities for exchange and operability (e.g. specifications of QTI, IMS). The chapter concludes with a description and validation of an educational model of assessment for APL.
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