Recognition of prior learning (RPL) refers to a set of practices and procedures that can be used to assess the prior learning of a student and to approve it as part of the student's studies. Assessment is always based on the learning outcomes of the course that is being substituted. The learning outcomes are defined in the curriculum in Peppi.
Criteria for substitution
Information skills courses in the student's curriculum can be substituted by a prior course with corresponding level and content. The credit must not be more than five (5) years old. The required competence can also have been acquired by other studies, training or work experience. When direct credit transfer is not possible, the student can be asked to demonstrate his/her prior learning by an RPL demonstration.
The RPL process is initiated by an electronic application for substitution of studies or by a written printable application of the student to the teacher of the course (see Peppi), or in his/her absence to the RPL contact person at the library, Information specialist, Mrs. Marja Aho (see the links below). The student must provide all necessary documents (certificates etc.) to demonstrate his/her learning.
The library has a right to request for more information. If the additional information is not provided in due time, the inadequate application will not be considered. The teacher of the course has right either to approve or disapprove the application, or in his/her absence the RPL contact person at the library. The course that is being substituted is given the grade "pass".
Decision and rectification
The decision will be sent to the student within one (1) month from the date when the application was received at the library. A student dissatisfied with the decision may apply for a rectification of the decision orally or in writing from the person who made the decision within fourteen (14) days of receiving the notification of the decision. A student dissatisfied with the decision regarding the rectification request may apply for rectification from the Board of Appeal within fourteen (14) days of receiving the notification of the decision. A decision by the Board of Appeal may not be appealed against.
RPL process of the Library was accepted by the UEF Library management group in 24.5.2017.