APEL - Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualifications at Omniversity

APEL.O - Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualifications at Omniversity

At Omniversity, we recognize the value of experiential learning and understand that education is not confined to traditional classroom settings. Through our APEL program, we provide individuals with the opportunity to gain recognition for their prior learning experiences and obtain qualifications based on their existing knowledge and competencies.

Key Components of APEL at Omniversity:
1. Comprehensive Assessment: Our APEL process involves a thorough assessment of individuals' prior experiential learning. Our qualified assessors carefully review portfolios submitted by applicants to evaluate the relevance and depth of their learning experiences.

2. Tailored Support: We offer personalized guidance and support to individuals throughout the APEL process. Our dedicated team assists applicants in compiling their portfolios, selecting relevant evidence, and preparing for assessment.

3. Transparent Evaluation: The assessment process at Omniversity is transparent and objective. We adhere to rigorous evaluation criteria to ensure fairness and consistency in the accreditation process, providing feedback to applicants to facilitate their understanding of the assessment outcomes.

4. Credit Transfer: Upon successful accreditation, individuals may be granted credits or exemptions towards Omniversity qualifications. This recognition of prior learning allows learners to accelerate their progress towards achieving their educational goals.

5. Quality Assurance: Omniversity maintains high standards of quality assurance in its APEL program. We regularly review and enhance our processes to uphold excellence and ensure the integrity of qualifications awarded through accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Benefits of APEL at Omniversity:

1. Flexible Pathways: APEL offers flexible pathways for individuals to obtain qualifications at Omniversity, accommodating diverse learning journeys and recognizing the value of real-world experiences.

2. Cost and Time Efficiency: By recognizing prior learning, APEL at Omniversity enables learners to save both time and costs associated with traditional education pathways, allowing them to fast-track their educational pursuits.

3. Enhanced Employability: Accreditation of prior experiential learning enhances individuals' employability by validating their practical skills and industry knowledge, making them more competitive in the job market.

4. Inclusive Education: APEL promotes inclusivity by acknowledging diverse learning pathways and providing opportunities for individuals from varied backgrounds to access education and qualifications at Omniversity. 

APEL at Omniversity empowers individuals to leverage their prior learning experiences and embark on a journey of educational advancement and personal development. 

Through our comprehensive assessment process and commitment to quality assurance, we ensure that learners receive recognition for their achievements and are equipped with the qualifications they need to succeed in their chosen fields.

Further Information about Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning

APEL, short for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, encompasses the process of identifying, assessing, and accrediting an individual’s competencies, knowledge, and skills, regardless of how they were acquired. It emphasizes recognizing un-certificated learning acquired by individuals, thereby embracing all previously attained learning experiences. 

As stated by McKelvey & Peters, APEL addresses the needs of adult learners and serves as a strategy to widen access to education for all, providing a framework that attracts individuals who may have otherwise remained outside traditional educational establishments.

Flexibility and Opportunities Offered by APEL: APEL provides institutions with the flexibility to consider all aspects of an individual’s background when granting exemptions against predetermined requirements. This flexibility, combined with the inherent flexibility of distance learning, facilitates the acquisition of degree qualifications through the most direct route. 
Beyond the "standard issue candidate," APEL offers opportunities for various groups, including immigrants navigating unfamiliar educational systems, individuals in part-time employment seeking to maximize training benefits, people with disabilities seeking accessible educational options, the self-employed balancing work commitments, and the unemployed pursuing career advancement while working towards degree qualifications.

Qualifying for APEL: APEL evaluates an individual's ability to demonstrate that their experiences have resulted in learning. Evidence may fall into three broad categories:

Existing Certificated Learning: This includes certificates issued by recognized examining bodies, which may be used for entry or exemption. Additionally, other certificates, licenses, or test results demonstrating skills or competence may be evaluated for the award of credit.

Prior Learning Achievement with Readily Available Evidence: 
Examples include authenticated reports of past achievements, testimonials addressing identified competencies or skills, and presentations of products demonstrating achievement, such as written or published material.

Prior Learning Achievement Claimed without Direct Evidence: 
This category comprises most prior learning achievements, requiring guidance to reflect on and articulate experiences in a structured manner for assessment. Sources of prior learning achievement may include workplace experiences, informal courses, self-directed study, and voluntary work.

The Procedure for APEL: 
Candidates wishing to be considered for APEL credits against a degree program must go through a specific procedure:

Making the Claim: 
Candidates assert their acquired knowledge and skills and provide evidence to support the claim.

Reflecting on Learning: Candidates systematically reflect on experiences, identify learning outcomes, and collect evidence to support claims.

Submitting a Focused Piece of Writing: 
A focused piece of writing is submitted, meeting criteria such as authenticity, quality, breadth, directness, and currency.

Providing Sources of Evidence: 
Evidence sources may include certificates, transcripts, logbooks, reports, job descriptions, and more.

Accumulation of Learning: 
Learning may be accumulated through various means, including work-related experiences, volunteer work, homemaking, travel, formal settings not designed for credit, discussions with subject experts, hobbies, general study, and other learning experiences. Evidence can take the form of certificates, awards, commendations, copies of speeches and publications, and more.

APEL provides a valuable avenue for individuals to gain recognition for their prior learning experiences and obtain qualifications based on their existing knowledge and competencies. By embracing diverse learning pathways and providing flexible assessment mechanisms, APEL fosters inclusivity and supports lifelong learning endeavors.

For Inquiries Contact:

Prof. Tokunbo Akeredolu-Ale

Doctoral Fellow, International Partner & Professor Marketing Communications, Leadership & Organizational Management

Executive Director/Dean
- Omniversity LLC

Executive Director/Dean
- Omnibus Global Academy LLC

Executive Director
- Omnibus Institute for Professional Learning and Development LTD/GTE

Dean, Academics
- Weldios University


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