DAVENPORT, Iowa & DETROIT--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, today announced that it has introduced an innovative open learning course that enables individuals to document experiential learning acquired outside of the classroom for college credit, such as work experience or military training. Kaplan University made the announcement today at Techonomy Detroit 2013. Kaplan University is the education sponsor for this conference.
“Kaplan University’s new Learning Recognition Course (LRC) promises to be incredibly valuable for individuals looking to advance their education and career”
“Kaplan University’s new Learning Recognition Course (LRC) promises to be incredibly valuable for individuals looking to advance their education and career,” said Dr. Betty Vandenbosch, Kaplan University Provost.
Vandenbosch noted that an estimated 37 million adults in the United States have some postsecondary experience but no degree or credential. Additionally, by 2020, it is estimated that 65% of all new jobs will require postsecondary education.
“Time and money are two big issues that stand in the way of students pursuing their educations, earning their degrees and improving their lives. Earning credit for what you have already learned and know from years of work experience or military service, including the training that comes along with that, can save students both,” added Vandenbosch.
Believed to be the first open and free learning recognition courses made available to the general public, more than 400 individuals have registered for the course since Kaplan University began offering it in May, 2013. Students who have completed the course have been granted an average of 26 quarter credits, equal to more than two terms, saving them thousands of dollars on the cost of their degree at Kaplan University.
How LRC works:
Students develop a portfolio that describes and organizes the learning acquired on the job, through military service, volunteer work or through other life experiences that directly relate to learning mastery. Students also examine what they already know, what they have college credit for, what their future goals are, and how all of these components fit together.
To create the portfolio, students complete eight self-paced, content-rich modules and provide past transcripts and certifications. In addition, students generate educational goal statements, expanded resumes, learning autobiographies, course petitions, and a number of other assignments designed to inform Kaplan evaluators about whether a student’s experiential learning matches course outcomes. On average, students spend roughly 12 weeks compiling the electronic portfolio. Within three to four weeks, they learn what credits they will receive for their experience and training.
“Much like Techonomy is about the urgency of embracing the rapid pace of change brought about by technology, Kaplan University is paving a similar path for higher education with innovative solutions that provide greater access and better outcomes,” said Vandenbosch.
For more information about Kaplan University’s open learning courses or to sign up for the LRC, visit openlearning.kaplan.com.
For more information on Kaplan University’s partnership with Techonomy, visit http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/student-experience/visionary-voices/Techonomy.aspx
About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 46,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.
Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. serves approximately 62,000 students online and through approximately 70 campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan’s higher education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc., is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company and its largest division. For more information, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu.