Recognition of prior learning (RPL) at University of Eastern Finland

Background

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) refers to a set of practices and procedures that can be used to assess the prior learning of the student and to approve that learning as part of the student's studies. The purpose of recognising prior learning is to ensure that the student is not required to complete studies whose learning outcomes he or she can demonstrate to have achieved in a manner defined by the university. Prior learning may be a result of the student's earlier studies or it can have been acquired in some other manner. 
 
The RPL process is initiated by a written application made by the student to the unit (or teacher) responsible for the studies. The recognition of prior learning is based on the correspondence between the applicant's competencies and the content and level of the pursued degree and its components, as defined in the learning outcomes. The faculties and other teaching units have specifying guidelines for RPL. Study counsellors and persons responsible for RPL offer more information regarding individual study units and degrees. 

RPL at UEF - terminology and process

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) refers to a set of practices and procedures than can be used to assess the prior learning of the student and to approve that learning as part of the student's studies. Identification refers to the assessment of prior learning in its different forms, and recognition refers to the procedure by which a course, credit transfer or part of the above are entered in the student's study register on the basis of his or her prior learning. 
 
Credit transfer refers to the recognition of studies, training, work experience or other similar competence as part of the student's pursued degree, study module or course. The forms of credit transfer are inclusion and substitution. Credit transfer is based on the learning outcomes defined in the curriculum.
 
Inclusion refers to the approval of a course or a study module completed in some other educational institution in the degree as such.
 
Substitution of studies means that a course or a study module included in the student's curriculum is replaced with a course or a study module of a corresponding content and level, or on the basis of other competence.
 
An RPL demonstration is a way for the student to demonstrate his or her prior learning in a manner than can be evaluated. An RPL demonstration is used when credit transfer by direct substitution is not possible, or when the recognition of the student's prior learning otherwise calls for a separate evaluation, i.e. demonstration of prior learning.