Claiming Her Knowledge

This week, Julie Fleming, one of our Prior Learning Assessment students, turned in her final PLA Portfolio: 17 credits for college-level learning that she had gained through her experiences owning a dance school and teaching dance.


Julie’s major is Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Business, Communications, and Dance. The 17 credits fulfill her requirements for her Dance concentration entirely. Courses she earned credit for through the PLA process include Dance Education Theory, Methods of Teaching Children’s Dance, Dance Composition I, Music for Dance, Costume Design and Construction for Dance, and Dance Production.

In her Reflection Essay, Julie wrote, “The PLA process is much like a second journey down a familiar path, examining my past through an academic lens.” I asked Julie to share a few thoughts about the PLA process, its benefits, as well as some of her essay writing strategies. I think after you watch this video, you’ll agree with me that its theme is about claiming your knowledge and framing it academically, a benefit that for Julie has gone far beyond earning the credits.

In her own words, Julie Fleming:


7 thoughts on “Claiming Her Knowledge

  1. Melanie, Julie’s video piece is just lovely! The backdrop of the PLA essay notebooks was perfect, as were your videography skills :0)

    Yes, let’s keep these coming whenever students complete their Portfolios!

  2. Congratulations Julie – yes a great accomplishment!!! Thank you for the insight and recommendations and for taking the time to share.

  3. Congratulations Julie. It was great having you in class this term. I hope we can stay in touch as you launch your new career/life. All the best, Lynn

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  6. Congratulations Julie!!

    When you said….I did this…I did this…
    Ownership in something I did that is academically viable.

    I got so much from your video. This really spoke to me personally. You captured the essence of PLA.
    Thank you for sharing your techniques. Your approach is something I would certainly use!

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