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Learning Proposal Guidelines

Submit a learning proposal through UMGC's Workplace Learning Program.

The learning proposal is a short outline that describes the new learning you will accomplish during your Workplace Learning Program session.

How to Submit a Learning Proposal

Once you have met the eligibility requirements for the Workplace Learning Program, also known as WKPL, and obtained a new work opportunity, you must submit a learning proposal via email to Workplace Learning will provide you with the learning proposal form and detailed instructions. The learning proposal is similar to a class syllabus in that you will define your learning outcomes; identify resources, experts, or tools that you will use 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. You will collaborate with your employer/supervisor to create your learning proposal.

Ensure that the work you plan to do is relevant to the discipline in which you were approved to complete your workplace learning assignment. It may be helpful to review course descriptions and program outcomes for this discipline in the course catalog to ensure the tasks are relevant. Additionally, you must coordinate the specific plans for your workplace learning with your employer/supervisor, who will ultimately need to approve the use of resources, as well as evaluate your professional performance on the job. A faculty member from your academic discipline will evaluate your proposal and determine if it reflects advanced, 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 free of errors. Be sure to double-check your learning proposal for spelling and grammatical errors before you submit it.

Remember the following when completing your learning proposal:

  • A workplace learning project must provide the opportunity for new learning (approval will not be granted for tasks already being done on the job).

  • The skills applied must be sufficiently complex to justify an award of upper-level college credit.

  • Each new learning task should be independent of every other to ensure that no task relies on completion of any other task.

  • The learning should be structured in a way that can be planned, documented, and evaluated.

Special considerations for students pursuing workplace learning in Public Safety Administration, Emergency Management, and Computer Networks and Cybersecurity

  • Workplace learning projects in PSAD, EMGT, or CMIT should include a major work product that will be of benefit to your host organization. Creating new policy or training documents, conducting training exercises, or writing after-action reports for exercises are just some examples of major work products.

You must complete your learning proposal in accordance with the instructions sent to you in your eligibility e-mail.

The following information will be requested in the learning proposal form:

Background Information

  • Name and place of employment.

  • Your major and the discipline for your WKPL.

  • WKPL employment information (job title, workplace, address, web address, employer/supervisor information including name, e-mail address, and phone number).

  • Description of how the job-related duties are new learning and differ from your previous job responsibilities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe a goal with an action word (e.g. create, develop, assess, investigate, build, write). You'll want to ask yourself what you want to be able to DO or KNOW at the end of the session that you can't do now (i.e. new learning). You can document deliverables here as well (a deliverable is anything you might turn in: a report, a procedure manual, an executive summary, a piece of computer coding, a presentation).

  • Explain HOW the goal will be accomplished. Explain how you plan to do what you said you would do. This clause will usually start with the word "by".

  • Explain how your learning will be demonstrated and evaluated. To do this, you will share who will receive and review your work and how they will determine success.

  • Estimate how many hours a week you'll be working on that task.

Summarize your WKPL Experience

  • Summarize the work to be accomplished during the WKPL session

  • Describe your career goals

You must review your completed learning proposal with your employer/supervisor to ensure that he or she supports your participation in workplace learning.

Submission of Learning Proposal

You will save your learning proposal as directed on the form and submit it to

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