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Sinclair College

Flexible Learning

Our Mission

The Department of Flexible Learning aims to increase student access and success through targeted initiatives in online success coaching, through leadership and support in competency-based education, and via high-quality prior learning assessment options.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program gives students the opportunity to demonstrate learning done outside of the college classroom to potentially earn college credit. PLA options are broken in two categories: credit by exam and evaluation of a credential, transcripts, or portfolio.  If you are interested in developing or revising a proficiency exam for your course, or discussing the portfolio option, please contact Arian Adducchio at

Coaching to Complete

Coaching to Complete is an in-course coaching model where a Success Coach is partnered with a faculty member to better support learners in online classrooms.  The Coaching to Complete program has been successful in helping more online students pass their course with a C or better. Our faculty partners have indicated the support model has reduced missing assignments, the number of non-content related questions from students, and has freed up more time to work with students on a deeper learning level.  If you are interested in learning more about partnering with a Success Coach for your course, please contact Jessica Hodell at

"FlexPace" Competency-Based Education

Courses offered in the FlexPace modality offer students the opportunity to complete courses at a personalized pace, either accelerating to complete faster, or self-pacing throughout the semester, as our most flexible course modality.  Learning in a FlexPace course is different, much like teaching in one.  If you're interested in discussing whether or not your course would be a good fit for the FlexPace modality, as well as learn about the support from Flexible Learning, please contact Jessica Hodell at

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