A learning plan is a written outline of the resources, approach, activities and objectives that must be brought together to allow an individual or group to learn a specific skill or body of knowledge. It should not be confused with a teaching plan, which concentrates on how a teacher can guide and assist students. By contrast, a learning plan concentrates on what the learner will do, typically without any assistance from a teacher or tutor. The term learning plan is frequently used in the context of online training, supplied direct to the learner without the mediation of a teacher or tutor.
State the learning objectives you wish to see achieved by someone following the plan. Use the construction “The learner can…” For example: “The learner can create and edit documents using a range of desktop publishing software.”
Describe the approach to be used. For example: “Remote study by completion of online tasks” or “Completion of printed worksheet.”
List the activities the learner will undertake. For example: “Planning, laying out, drafting and editing a magazine article using a specified software package, either Adobe InDesign or Quark Express. Article to be 500 words maximum with as many as three colour photographs.”
Research and compile a list of resources needed to implement the plan. These might include hyperlinks to online training materials—such as videocasts or interactive animations— software manuals, downloads of specific software or a portfolio of projects successfully completed by other learners.
Present the plan as a written document under the headings: “Learning Objectives”, “Approach”, “Activities”, “Resources”.
Add a final heading: “Feedback”. This is a space on the plan for the learner to add any comments after completing the training.
Things You Will Need
- Pencil and notebook
- Internet access
- Some commercial online providers of learning plans provide access to accredited professional certification tests and examinations. These can be a convenient and speedy way to improve your skills and career prospects, avoiding the need for lengthy and expensive taught courses at college.
- Learning plans are associated with online study but not limited to the Web. You could equally assemble a learning plan using resources such as books, evening classes and other study aids.
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