Quality Assurance and RPL : Developing a National RPL Framework for Higher Education in Scotland

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Author(s)Ruth Whittaker, Heather Gibson
How can we more effectively enhance approaches to recognising prior informal learning and ensure greater transparency, consistency and accessibility across the Scottish Higher Education sector for current and potential students, employers and staff? The Scottish HEI RPL Network is currently working together, cross-institutionally on developing a National Framework for RPL for Scotland's Universities in order to expand and embed RPL to a much greater extent in the HE sector. This high-level initiative, funded by QAA Scotland is a response to the priorities defined by the Scottish Government in their post-16 legislation with regard to the development of RPL. A National Framework for RPL is viewed by the Quality Assurance Agency, Scotland as being of strategic importance both in terms of helping develop more flexible and learner centred programmes and also in widening access and participation in higher education. An important aspect of this Framework development is to engage strategic managers across the sector and to link the work to the wider quality review and enhancement agenda. This work will inform, and be informed by, European developments through the European RPL Network and post-Bologna developments in relation to the recognition of informal and non-formal learning. The workshop will discuss the development of this national framework and its proposed implementation and will locate this initiative within the context of broader national developments in terms of the changing HE landscape, and Scotland’s Quality Enhancement Framework. Discussion will highlight some of the key enablers linked to developing more effective, streamlined approaches to RPL support and assessment within institutions.
CategoriesQuality of HE » Modernising PHE within diversified HE, 2012 Seminar RPL