RPL CONTINUES TO GIVE ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Written by: Venal Naidu
The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) hosted a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Colloquium at the Durban University of Technology’s Hotel School on Friday.
The colloquium preceded the launch of a recently published book titled RPL as Specialised Pedagogy: Crossing the lines which was the theme of the day.
The two contributing editors to the book, Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town Linda Cooper and Alan Ralphs from the University of the Western Cape, were both in attendance at the colloquium.
Ralphs dived into the fundamentals of RPL in his presentation and hoped that when people read they understand RPL inside out.
“When people read the book I want them to have a clear understanding of, the possibility the opportunities and the constraints and the complexities when we get into Recognition of Prior Learning,” said Ralphs.
Ralphs stated that RPL should be implemented into all learning institutions across the country.
“I think we’re making the case with a lot of depth and rigger now but there are millions of South Africans whose journey and whose pathway to learning is going to need something of the encouragement and support that RPL has to offer,” explained Ralphs.
Cooper, in her presentation, showed all in attendance three different case studies where RPL was conducted and hoped that they would take some information back with them.
“We hope that they will take inspiration and actual ideas from the case studies,” said Cooper.
Cooper added that it was a long rewarding process and that working with different people made her learn even more.
“I feel an enormous sense of achievement at the end. It was a very long process and I think part of it was because it was a big project and a lot of different institutions and people collaborating,” ended Cooper.
Staff Development and RPL Coordinator at the DUT, Sipho Zulu, said that the journalism department are the leaders in RPL at DUT.
“Journalism (programme) are the pioneers of RPL because we have seen many of the senior people who are actually at editors level, who may of never had opportunities for qualification but that came through RPL and are now in the masters and doctorates,” said Zulu.
*Caption: Alan Ralphs during his presentation at DUT’s Hotel School conference room.