Learning Proposal Guidelines

Once you have met the eligibility requirements for the Workplace Learning (WKPL) Program and obtained a new work opportunity, you will submit a learning proposal. The learning proposal is a short outline that describes the new learning you will accomplish during your WKPL session. This is similar to a 'syllabus' in that you will define your learning objectives, identify texts, experts, or tools that you will utilize to support your learning process, and outline specific projects that you will complete. In the proposal you will explain how this learning is different from previous work experiences.

Please be sure to coordinate the specific plans for your workplace learning with your employer, who will ultimately need to approve the use of resources as well as evaluate your professional performance on the job.

A faculty sponsor from your academic discipline will evaluate your proposal and determine if it reflects upper level college-level learning, relates to your field of study, is appropriate for your level of experience in the workplace, and merits credit.Your learning proposal, like any professional or educational document, needs to be well written and error-free. Be sure to double-check your learning proposal for spelling and grammar errors before you submit it.

You may complete your proposal online.


Learning Proposal Guidelines

Part I. Background Information

  • Name and Place of Employment

  • WKPL job title

  • Supervisor information

  • Previous employment information/responsibilities

Part II. Workplace Learning Activities

  • Summarize the work to be accomplished during the WKPL session.

  • List the specific tasks to be completed during the WKPL session, indicating the number of hours per week and the percentage of time you will spend on each of the activities. (Include the resources that will be needed to complete such task, such as training, manuals, software, special equipment, team or supervisor input, and whether the activity is a team or individual effort.)

Part III. Learning to Be Gained from Your Workplace Learning Experience

  • Summarize what you will learn from your workplace learning experience that is relevant to your academic field, such as how to develop new products in response to market needs, write an effective proposal, or gain competency in the areas of client/server computing, relational databases, and SAS software.

  • Describe what you will learn from each activity listed in Part II.

Part IV. Courses Related to Your Workplace Learning

  • List the courses you have completed that will provide a foundation of theory and knowledge related to your workplace learning experience.

  • List other UMUC courses related directly to your work that you may wish to register for in future terms to enhance your career preparation.

Review your completed learning proposal with your supervisor to ensure that he or she supports your participation in workplace learning.