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Recognition of prior learning (RPL) at University of Eastern Finland Library

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) refers to a set of practices and procedures that can be used to assess the prior learning of a student and to approve it as part of the student's studies. Assessment is always based on the learning outcomes of the course that is being substituted. The learning outcomes are defined in the curriculum in WebOodi.

Criteria for substitution

Information skills courses in the student's curriculum can be substituted by a prior course with corresponding level and content. The credit must not be more than 5 years old. The required competence can also have been acquired by other studies, training or work experience.
When direct credit transfer is not possible, the student can be asked to demonstrate his/her prior learning by an RPL demonstration. 

Documents needed

The RPL process is initiated by an electronic application of the student to the teacher of the course (see WebOodi), or in his/her absence to the RPL contact person at the library, Head of training and information services, Mrs. Helena Silvennoinen-Kuikka. (Substitution of Studies: Application form; see the links to the right).  The student must provide all necessary documents (certificates etc.) to demonstrate his/her learning.

The library has a right to request for more information. If the additional information is not provided in due time, the inadequate application will not be considered. The teacher of the course has right either to approve or disapprove the application, or in his/her absence the RPL contact person at the library. The course that is being substituted is given the grade "pass".

Decision and rectification

The decision will be sent to the student within one (1) month from the date when the application was received at the library. A student dissatisfied with the decision may apply for a rectification of the decision orally or in writing from the person who made the decision within fourteen (14) days of receiving the notification of the decision. A student dissatisfied with the decision regarding the rectification request may apply for rectification from the Board of Appeal within fourteen (14) days of receiving the notification of the decision. A decision by the Board of Appeal may not be appealed against.

RPL process of the Library was accepted by the UEF Library management group in 24.5.2017.


Substitution of Studies: Application form

Electronic form

Printable form

for more informatioN

Head of Learning and Information Services

Helena Silvennoinen-Kuikka

tel. 0294 45 8328

see also


Courses in WebOodi


Feedback form

Feedback will be processed daily. Easily fixed issues will be solved immediately if they are essential to the service and in accordance with the operating policy. All feedback will be processed in the relevant services. If necessary, feedback will also be processed in the library’s working groups. Feedback and the changes prompted by feedback will be processed annually by the management group in the management review.