Dr Karen Deller heads to Berlin to participate in the validation of prior learning in education conference
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We are excited to announce that the Chartall Business College Academic Director, Dr Karen Deller, has been invited to present at the third VPL Biennale in Berlin. This is the third VPL conference to be held in Europe, and its key objective is to draft and adopt a declaration on VPL (or RPL as we know it in South Africa) to pave the road for a stronger and more sustainable implementation of VPL throughout both Europe and the world.
Dr Karen Deller has been involved in adult education and training for over 30 years, and the past 20 have been spent theorising about, writing about and actually doing recognition of prior learning (RPL). Her focus is on RPL in the workplace for formal credentialing, and this was the basis of the research that saw her awarded a DLitt by the University of Johannesburg in 2007.
RPL is a viable, alternative route to a full or partial qualification. Using the RPL methodology, you can earn a full or partial qualification without attending training. The RPL methodology assumes that you have sufficient knowledge and prior learning to simply complete the same assessment that a person who did attend training would complete.
The VPL Biennale is a platform to share knowledge, ideas and visions on VPL. It is a conference to explore the many creative ways of funding, legitimising, conducting and following up on VPL so that everyone can learn from each other’s successes, problems and solutions in ‘the VPL-world.
Dr Karen will be showcasing an example of best practice in RPL from South Africa. Her topic is titled “Putting the candidate at the centre with an online RPL portal”, and she plans to present the benefits of the online RPL portal that Chartall Business College created for BANKSETA and its role in enabling both RPL, as well as progression post-RPL.
Besides the actual presentation the conference organisers have called for submissions to a VPL best practice competition and the Chartall Business College submission on the RPL portal has been short-listed. Winners will be announced at the conference on the evening of 7th May 2019 in Berlin.
“It is great to think, that in some small way, the energy and resources that we have collectively poured into the RPL project in South Africa over the years can play a role in the sustainability, innovation, massification and longevity of RPL for future generations around the world.”- Dr Karen Deller