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Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning
"APEL" stands for the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning.
APEL offers adult learners the opportunity of being awarded credits for skills and knowledge that they have accrued from their prior experiences. Typically these credits are awarded when an adult learner can demonstrate competence in a particular task, or knowledge+understanding about a particular idea or theory.
The credits awarded to adult learners from their experiential learning can sometimes substitute the requirement to learn the skills and knowledge formally in a class-room setting.
In order to demonstrate one's prior experiential knowledge, candidates are often asked to write a story about the sorts of work that they have done and then back up their claims with copies of documents (and other media) which corroborate their story.
This story-board approach has similarities with the explication process where people (explicants) interrogate the artifacts of their previous experience with the intention of discovering new explicit knowledge from that which had previously been unnoticed or deemed as being implicit only.