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Online Assessment of Prior Learning

At Ferris, Your Experience Matters

We understand that not all learning happens in the classroom. Whether your learning took place through employment, military service, non-credit trainings or volunteer experiences, the Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) will help you identify and present learning from your experiences in a way that can help you earn credits, which means you may spend less time earning your degree and incur less student debt. Your completed and approved APL results in credits for approved courses on your transcript. These credits can be used to meet your Ferris residency requirement.

How to Get Started

First, contact the APL Coordinator, Dr. Deedee Stakley at [email protected] to discuss getting started and first steps. Second, when you are ready to get started click the link below to register for the APL course in Canvas Collaborate. Be sure to let the APL Coordinator know when you register.

Register for APL Now

The login for APL will be a separate from the Canvas login that you use for your Ferris courses. This Canvas account can be used to access your APL information and the portfolio creation modules anytime. Once your Canvas registration is completed, you will begin working with the Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships to create your APL. The APL is designed to be self-paced to fit the needs of each student. While the process requires a commitment from you, it can save you valuable time and money towards completing your degree. Additionally, the process can help you gain a much greater appreciation for all that you have done and learned, and a greater understanding of how your prior learning can contribute to your educational goals at Ferris.