PLACE Portfolio Development Course (SDV 298)
SDV 298 is a full-semester, three-credit course for adults who have gained college-level learning through work, volunteer activities, civic and community assignments, travel, independent study, and other experiential learning. Students develop a portfolio that demonstrates skills and knowledge gained through experiential learning which aligns with specific NOVA courses. Each portfolio is evaluated for credit by a NOVA faculty member who teaches the course being challenged. Students must create a portfolio for each course they wish to challenge.
7 Components of the e-Portfolio
1. Cover Letter – request to faculty evaluator to challenge a specific course
2. Chronological Record – synopsis of year-by-year major life events since high school
3. Life History Paper – evaluation and documentation of the transitions and stages of your life to gain greater insight about yourself and refine your ability to plot your future
4. Goals Paper – develop and/or refine one, five, and 10-year personal and professional goals
5. Narrative of Competencies – description of knowledge and skills from experiential learning that are comparable to the course objectives
6. Copy of the Course Content Summary – provides overview and learning objectives of course
7. Documentation – tangible proof of each statement of major accomplishments and learning experiences (transcripts, letters of verification, job descriptions, performance evaluations, pictures, tax statements, audio/video tapes, samples of work produced, computer programs written, etc.)
PLACE Quick Facts
- Can challenge up to 15 credits toward NOVA associates or 10 credits toward eligible certificate programs with portfolios.
- SDV 298 counts toward NOVA residency requirement, portfolio credits do not
- Heavy writing focus, prerequisite is ENG 111
- Successful completion of SDV 298 does not guarantee credits for portfolio challenges
- Check transferability of portfolio credits with four-year school of choice, as not all schools accept PLACE credits.
- PLACE course available at Annandale, Alexandria, and online through ELI.