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An Online Recognition of Prior Learning Project

An Online Recognition of Prior Learning Project



A customised RPL project for construction . A project developed in collaboration between Sydney Community College and Bovis Lend Lease with seed funding from the Australian Flexible Learning ...

A customised RPL project for construction . A project developed in collaboration between Sydney Community College and Bovis Lend Lease with seed funding from the Australian Flexible Learning Framework.



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  • We developed a simple three step model which considered the qualifications and training participants had already undertaken, their existing experience using a show and tell approach, and finally assessing the evidence. A detailed description of the solution is provided later in this case study.
  • Colleen – explain this and the importance of the mapping part of the job in relation to the overall success of the project. Mention that you developed the list of docs they use on a daily basis as part of this process
  • Ann - Blended approach – describe f2f – 16 participants even someone who hadn’t enrolled Enabled us to iron out any log-in issues and answer any questions about the RPL process Positive attitude towards the process
  • Site built in Moodle Learners begin with the declaration that all work is their own and go on to the Qualifications and Training Survey which is a series of self-assessment questions.
  • Used the feedback feature in Moodlee to collect this data. Learners answer Yes or No to 33 questions which identify which training courses have been completed.
  • Feedback feature enables Export to Excel and produces 2 sheets one of which is called Detailed. From this we produce an Action Plan for each student. The Detail sheet is copied to another spreadsheet where a series of formulas are set up. A look-up formula extracts the learner name for the beginning of the report. Others look at the name of the in-house competency and then extract either the Yes or No response.
  • Action Plan shows where learners are competent and provides instructions about which tasks learners must complete. Student receives a copy of the Action plan as a PDF document by email along with instructions on how to access the tasks online. The assessor goes into the Moodle and using the Group functionality makes available only those tasks which the learner is required to do.
  • Learner returns to the site and clicks on the Action Plan button on the front page and sees this. Only the tasks they have been allocated to complete are active.
  • Task 2 asks them to upload their evidence and answer the questions. If the learner had responded Yes i.e. they have attended the course and attained the EHS in-house qual then the assessor will contact the L&D Mgr at Bovis Lend Lease who provides a record that the learners has completed that training and is competent. Learners upload their evidence using the assignment feature in Moodle for the assessor to assess.
  • Colleen – talk through downloading evidence, mention that original design had questions in a quiz which made it difficult for you and that we’ve now changed this so that they respond to questions in a word template and everything is uploaded in one place. Mention the issue about recording outcomes – that when you tried to enter an outcome for a competency which had been confirmed by Cath ie. a Yes in the self-evaluation – that there was no place to record it. So we created Offline Assessment Tasks in the Moodle to resolve this issue. Any other issues you faced from the point of view of the assessor. Mention support from Cath in getting people through to this point.
  • Colleen

An Online Recognition of Prior Learning Project An Online Recognition of Prior Learning Project Presentation Transcript

  • A collaboration between and OHS & RPL www.flexiblelearning.net.au/nsw
  • In a nutshell...
    • This project up-skills and qualifies Bovis Lend Lease staff in the Certificate IV in OHS through a guided online RPL process. It identifies gaps in current competence and enables Bovis Lend Lease to develop specific training programs to meet this need.
  • The problem
    • Deaths and serious injuries occur in the construction industry and OHS KPI’s indicate many incidents may have been avoided if staff were more skilled in their roles and responsibilities in the implementation of OHS management systems.
  • The solution
  • The development process
    • Mapping
    • CRC competencies
    • EHS competencies
    • In-house training
    • E-learning strategy
    • Self-assessment
    • Action plan
    • Assessment
  • Mapping
    • Key to the success of the RPL process was the existing in-house training
    • Based on CRC construction industry competencies
    • Based on BLL business rules & EHS management system
    • Focus on skills used in the workplace
    • Designed and delivered to ATQF standards
    • Incorporated Cert IV OHS competency criteria
    • Incorporated legislation requirements
  • The e-learning strategy
  • The e-learning strategy
  • Self-assessment
  • Extracting the self-assessment =IF(Feedback!J2="Yes“, "Competent, go on to Task 3", "To be assessed – Attend training course EHS 011 or provide 3 documented examples of how you have contributed to the consultation process and answer questions online. Proceed to task 3")
  • Action plan
  • Action plan
  • Action plan
    • Upload evidence
    • Answer questions
  • Assessment
    • Download evidence
    • Review responses
    • Give feedback
  • Results
    • 80% attained a full Certificate IV in OHS
    • Bovis Lend Lease will offer RPL to staff in 2011
    • Model for future RPL programs
  • Results
  • Learner feedback
    • Positive
      • Easy to use customised process
      • Simple technology
      • High level of support
    • Negatives
      • Time management
      • Some problems uploading evidence
  • Cath’s advice
    • Short bit of Cath video here
  • Questions? OHS & RPL www.flexiblelearning.net.au/nsw