PLACE Portfolio Development Course (SDV 298)
SDV 298 is a one-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. In this course 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 – list of major events in student’s life since high school
3. Life History Paper – reflection and evaluation of the 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 – demonstration of knowledge and skills gained from experiential learning that are comparable to the course objectives
6. Copy of the Course Content Summary – provides overview and learning objectives of course, taken from www.nvcc.edu
7. Documentation – evidence supporting learning statements (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 degree credits or 10 certificate credits for eligible NOVA programs
- SDV 298 counts toward NOVA residency requirement, portfolio credits do not
- Heavy writing focus, recommended 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.
Contact NOVA’s Credit for Prior Learning Office: firstname.lastname@example.org / 703-425-5835