Portfolio Development and Assessment

The Purdue Global Alternative Credit Center provides students an opportunity to earn credit from prior learning experiences. The portfolio serves as the basis for you to recognize your learning and understand how it aligns with college credit.

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Document Your Prior Experience for Credit

In our credit for work experience courses (EL206 and LRC100), you’ll document your prior experiences and explain what you gained from these experiences in formal learning statements.

Next, you’ll use a course-match model to map your learning statements to the learning outcomes of college-level courses offered by regionally or nationally accredited institutions.

To have your prior learning considered for credit, you must complete all requirements for the college course aligned with your prior learning and provide evidence of your learning and competency.

Academic Quality and Student Expectations

The portfolio development and assessment process is designed with the high level of academic rigor found at accredited higher learning institutions. There’s a strong emphasis on quality in the assessment process, which adheres to the Ten Standards for Quality Assurance in Assessing Learning, as set forth by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

Portfolio Evaluation Criteria

Portfolio evaluators conduct an unbiased review of your student portfolio and assess it against the following criteria:
  • Applied Learning

    Explanation of Applied Learning

    • Can you apply what you have learned?
    • Have you provided real-life examples to explain how your college-level learning was applied?
  • College-Level Writing

    Evidence of College-Level Writing

    • Does your writing demonstrate skill and articulation at the college level?
    • Do you demonstrate critical and reflective thinking?
  • College-Level Learning

    Understanding of College-Level Learning

    Does your learning demonstrate problem-solving ability, depth and breadth of knowledge, and a balance between theory and practice?

  • Course Outcome

    Course Outcome Attainment

    • Have you satisfied all the course outcomes for the course?
    • Do you understand the concepts and theories generally covered in the course?
  • Documentation

    Documentation Alignment

    • Does your documentation align with the learning?
    • Does it provide evidence that you know and can do what you say? 

Sample Portfolios and FAQs

View sample portfolios and answers to frequently asked questions about the EL206 portfolio course.

EL206 Portfolio Development Timeline

Weeks 1 to 5

Week 1: Experiential Learning and the Portfolio Process

Topic: Create your Portfolio and Assessment System (PDAS) account.

Week 2: Educational Goal Statement

Topic: Create your educational goal statement, which highlights goals for the course, your educational pursuits, and your career.

Week 3: Expanded Resume

Topic: Develop an expanded resume that includes experiential learning from your work, hobbies, volunteering, and interests.

Week 4: Course Explorer

Topic: Select courses that you can petition for college-level credit.

Week 5: Course Petitions

Topic: Create learning statements to specify how you met course outcomes through college-level learning.

Weeks 6 to 10

Week 6: Course Petitions

Topic: Build the persuasive case to help demonstrate your learning for evaluators of course petitions.

Week 7: Learning Autobiography

Topic: Begin a draft of your personal narrative that showcases your skills, opportunities, and experiences related to the course petitions.

Weeks 8: Learning Autobiography

Topic: Finalize your learning autobiography.

Week 9: Supporting Documentation

Topic: Compile the documentation that offers evidence and credibility to support your learning claims.

Week 10: Plan to Submit Your Portfolio

Topic: Look ahead to submission of the portfolio, addendum requests from reviewers seeking further information, and how to appeal an evaluation.

EL206 and LRC100 Course Expectations

Frequently Asked Questions for the Academic Prior Learning Portfolio Course


*In 2019, incoming Purdue Global students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for evaluation earned an average of 37 quarter credit hours toward their Purdue Global undergraduate degrees. Based on these experiential learning credits, tuition savings for nonmilitary students were on average $12,227.00. Tuition savings calculated as 37 quarter credit hours x standard tuition rate of $371.00 = $13,727.00 - $1,500.00 course fee = $12,227.00. Savings for students vary depending on the student’s individual prior learning experience. Savings for 2019 incoming Indiana students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for review were $8,300.00. Savings for 2019 incoming military students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for review ranged from $4,770.00 to $7,240.00. Eligible college credits articulate into Purdue Global undergraduate degree plans. Savings dependent on credit awards, which are dependent on individual circumstances. See www.purdueglobal.edu/tuition-financial-aid/undergraduate-graduate-tuition-and-fees/ for course fee refund policy.