The main topics to cover in your learning plan are about what you are good at, so what you do well. What lessons you have learned from the Associate Degree study so far – including successes and challenges. It is important to include what areas you have identified to improve on – sometimes called ‘targets’ and have some timeframes around these. So, set some goals in your learning plan and reflect on these over time. The reason for individual student learning plans is to encourage reflection on where you are now and to set goals. This is so you can reflect on your progress over time. For this module, we encourage students to use the learning plan to inform discussion and for future review when talking with teachers and tutors.
Students will need to create a section within their E-Portfolio for any action plans or interim plans within the Assessments page/tab. Following this, they will need to upload the learning plan and any other relevant supporting documents in this section. The supporting documents will demonstrate how you are engaged in ongoing planning, development, and reflection.
Additionally, supporting documents will show that you can manage tools, techniques and strategies for planning and problem solving. For example, some supporting documents may include screen shots or photographs of completed self-assessments, google forms and documents, or learning activities. Or they may be timelines for completing additional modules if that is a gap that you have identified.
Student Learning Plans
Individual Learning Plans (ILP’s) are designed to encourage learners to reflect on where they are ‘now’, set personal learning goals and think about their progress. Each stage of this process requires the student to think analytically about their learning journey so it may be advisable to discuss this with a teacher or tutor before writing your ILP (or student learning plan). Some key questions to ask may be:
- What makes an effective learner? What sorts of skills and attributes do they reflect? Do you have these skills and attributes or do you need to work on any areas?
- What are your personal learning goals? How will you plan to achieve them?
- How is study in the Associate Degree program different from your previous studies? What does this mean for your development? Do you need support in any areas?
- How do you feel your first year will work out/is working out? Is there anything you can see that you can do now to better ensure your learning journey is enjoyable and beneficial?
- What do you think second year will be like? Do you think it will be different to the first year? If yes, in what ways? And what does this mean for you going forward?
- Thinking back on your previous studies, what were your strengths? What did you find most challenging? What might you plan for yourself to manage and what can you do or request to make the experience more fulfilling?
For this course, students will certainly need to be active and self-motivated in completing learning activities (particularly those involving reflection), attending tutorials and workshops and working on assessment pieces. This means that the learner attributes of ‘commitment’ and ‘independence’ are of high importance. Regular support is provided but due to the blended learning approach and the amount of online material, including online tutorials, self-motivation is critical. If you are unsure about your capacity to be a committed and independent learner you may want to note this in your learning plan with suggested strategies of how you might address this. And/or discuss with your teacher or tutor.
It would be worthwhile to reflect on the other learner attributes in the diagram and think about how having (or not having these) may impact on your studies and how you can plan around this. Or do your own research on other learner attributes as these can have a slightly different perspective or framework, such as that depicted in the picture below.