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Online Course: Recognition of Prior Learning (October 2024)

October 2 @ 9:30 am - December 4 @ 10:30 am

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education are delighted to announce that the fully online Open Course, Recognition of Prior Learning, will run from October 2024. This course has been developed in partnership with the Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education Project, a HCI Pillar 3 initiative, see www.priorlearning.ie for more details.

This free 6 week course is available to all staff currently working in tertiary education in the Republic of Ireland, subject to availability of places. Additional facilitator training is included so that you can become a facilitator of this course and run it in your own institution.  A further commitment of five learner hours will be required for the facilitator add-on, in addition to attendance at two extra webinars over 2 weeks.

Course Schedule


Confirmed RPL Digital Badge Dates Autumn 2024
Week Date Time Topic Facilitator
Week 1 02.10.24 9.30am – 11.00am Setting the Scene Dr Ciara Staunton/TBC
Week 2 09.10.24 9.30am – 11.00am Enabling Success Dr Ciara Staunton/TBC
Week 3 16.10.24 9.30am – 11.00am Conceptual Frameworks Dr Ciara Staunton/TBC
Week 4 23.10.24 9.30am – 11.00am The Learner Voice Dr Ciara Staunton/TBC
Week 5 06.11.24 9.30am – 11.00am Practical Approaches Dr Ciara Staunton/TBC
Week 6 13.11.24 9.30am – 11.00am The Irish Context/Policies Dr Ciara Staunton/TBC
Week 7 27.11.24 9.30am – 10.30am Facilitator Badge Dr Ciara Staunton
Week 8 04.12.24 9.30am – 10.30am Facilitator Badge Dr Ciara Staunton

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the concept of RPL and reflect on its application within their own setting;
  • Reflect on the potential impact of RPL for an institution, its staff and students;
  • Identify existing policies and consider their alignment with practice;
  • Analyse the relationship between programme and module learning outcomes and the RPL candidate.

Learning Activities

Activity Per week Six Weeks
Live Webinar 90 min 9 hours
Triad meeting 60 min 6 hours
Independent learning 100 min 10 hours
Total 250 min 25 hours


Indicative content Facilitator/Guest speaker
RPL – Setting the Scene

RPL – Enabling Success

RPL – Conceptual Frameworks

RPL – The Learner Voice

RPL – Practical Approaches

RPL – The Irish Context/Policies

Dr Ciara Staunton; guest speakers (TBC)
Facilitator’s Badge Dr Ciara Staunton

Purpose: Develop capacity for delivery of Digital Badge by institution staff for institution staff



For more information, email Dr Ciara Staunton – c.staunton@ucc.ie  (Facilitator) or Dr Clare Walsh clare.walsh@thea.ie (RPL in HE Project).  See www.priorlearning.ie for more information.


October 2 @ 9:30 am
December 4 @ 10:30 am
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