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FAQ: The SelfDesign Learning Plan

Q. What is the SelfDesign Global Personal Learning Plan?

The SelfDesign Personal Learning Plan is a co-created, dynamic document that serves as a starting point and a compass for learning to unfold. Our personalized Learning Plans call learners, parents and Learning Consultants to a higher level of awareness about intentions, previous learning experiences, natural skills and knowledge about learning opportunities and challenges. Plans can be changed during the year according to shifting priorities and emerging interests.

The Learning Plan, completed in collaboration with the Learning Consultant, is meant as a personal planning tool to help identify learning strengths and preferred styles, activities, a schedule and timeline toward goals, and resources that learners would like to use in working within the vision of the Learning Plan (e.g. texts, courses, CD-ROMs, mentors, etc.).

The SelfDesign Learning Plan has been conceived to support what the learner wants to learn when the learner wants to learn, and it is about helping the learner learn to "selfdesign" his or her life. In this way learning becomes a lifelong practice. In conversation among learners, parents, mentors and the Learning Consultant, the learning plan provides a kind of "map" that is revisited, reflected upon and revised periodically over the year as the learner achieves milestones, develops new interests, and uncovers new learning opportunities. The Learning Plan uses the "SelfDesign Mandala" to chart the many possible directions that learning may take.

SelfDesign supports many approaches to learning in the home and community. As well, SelfDesign supports and encourages the involvement of mentors when a learner can benefit from the skills of an expert. Many SelfDesign Global learners are regularly involved in community activities and many take lessons in art, music, dance, drama, gymnastics, martial arts, skating, swimming, riding, etc. - all of which learners may include in their overall learning plan.

Shown below is a graphic of the "SelfDesign Mandala," intended as a "map" of learning choices and processes to help interpret learning and guide learners.

Q. How does a learner create a Learning Plan?

Learners and parents should create a learning plan based on the guidelines below in collaboration and conversation with the Learning Consultant, whose role is to review, clarify intentions, provide ideas, feedback and assistance, and to help identify appropriate learning and instructional strategies.

The Learning Plan should be exchanged between the LC and family (or LC and learner, where applicable) until all are satisfied the plan represents an adequate map to begin the year. The Learning Plan will be saved in a special online folder and will be revisited to reflect changes as the year progresses.

Q. What is in a SelfDesign Global Learning Plan?

A SelfDesign Global Learning Plan will address and contain information about the following:

  • Personal Learning Biography (completed by learner, or for younger children done in conversation with their parent): Includes questions like - Who are you (learner)? What are your main interests; what have been your most successful learning experiences? What are you really skilled at, what goals would you like to pursue, and why? What learning challenges or frustrations have you experienced? (Note: Identifying previous learning successes is very important as it sheds light on preferred learning styles and strategies, and sets the stage for applying a successful learning strategy to new learning challenges and areas of previous frustration).
  • Learning Focus/Goals *: What specifically would you like to concentrate on and prioritize over the next few months? (refer to SelfDesign LifeMap for ideas and guidance).
  • Resources *: List the resources you will need to achieve your learning goals, including texts, software, videos, mentors, activities, or travel plans you may have.
  • Assessment/Evaluation *: How, specifically, are you going to assess and evaluate your learning achievements?
  • Schedule/Time Line *: How are you going to allocate your time each week, month, and over the year? What learning milestones can you set?
  • Special Assistance from Learning Consultant *: What specific assistance is requested from the Learning Consultant to help achieve learning goals?

* Co-created by learner, family & Learning Consultant

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