Skills of Effective Learners
In terms of the skills of effective learners, if you haven’t already completed the skills audits and learning styles inventory, please do so. These will enable you to gauge where you are currently at with your student learning plan.
Further to this, we encourage students to complete an activity on their preferred learning style/s. A learning styles inventory in EXCEL has therefore been included as an additional learning activity that should assist with writing your plan (please see resources section).
Following on from completing the self-assessments and other learning activities so far, it is anticipated that students will be able to complete a Student Learning Plan on the template provided (also see resources section in this module).
Continuous Reflection on Personal Goals/Learning Goals
It is important that you regularly review personal learning goals and ask yourself questions around how you decided on these. As you develop the skills to achieve these goals, you can reflect on how you did this. Then as you achieve one goal, set another, and then reflect on how you developed the skills to fulfil that goal. The key is to never stop setting goals as you progress and to never stop reflecting on goal attainment. Reflective journals or blogs within your E-Portfolio are recommended tools for this activity, however, you may opt to extend on the template provided (see above) by creating new pages, with new goals, as you progress through the course.
How you choose to engage in continuous reflection on goal attainment is up to you. It may be in the form of written monthly reflections uploaded to your E-Portfolio, or as a photographic essay with dot point reflections, or as short video clips that you upload. This type of reflective journal exercise, blogging, or video recording will help you track what you actually did over the course of the program to develop your skills. It will remind you of how you developed the capabilities that you decided you needed to work on. And why, and when, you developed them.
To compliment or extend on your personal plan, you can complete reflections about your learning journey and skills development, including the development of learner attributes – in as much or little detail as you feel is right for you. We encourage students to keep in mind that reflective practice will be assessed regularly throughout the course and hence forming habits around this will be beneficial not only for your learning but for assignments.
A continuous reflective journal may also explore any other employability skills, essential skills, graduate attributes, learner attributes and so forth (please see learning activities, including quizzes and inventories, within earlier modules – and refer back to the learner attributes above on this page e.g. confidence, commitment, independence, respect, empathy, curiosity and so forth). We recommend that you don’t stop with one page learning plans (i.e. on arrival, mid year and final year), but that you extend on these over time and use them as a ‘live document’. You may even choose to create a new page within WordPress that purely concentrates on your learning plan and reflections over the course of the associate degree, which you can discuss with your teachers or tutor, or the portfolio developer.
For ZAP102, assessment task two, you are required to complete an ‘arrival learning plan’ within the first 5 weeks of commencing the associate degree (see above template for guidance). And, future assessment tasks are currently being designed for other practice and portfolio subjects on continuing this process. Hence, the following link will take you to a video tutorial on how to upload a learning plan to your WordPress portfolio.