Learning Plans are becoming an increasingly important feature of learning management systems. So what are Learning Plans in a nutshell? It is a digital document that records:
- Career and professional goals
- Learning objectives of an individual
- Planned activities to meet these learning objectives
- Competency standards to which those learning objectives relate
- Target and achieved dates for learning objectives
A Learning Plan is a living document that is updated by the Learner as their needs change and as opportunities for training and development emerge. It gives Learners a vision of what they want to achieve and how to track it.
In the Janison CLS, this is an overview of how we’ve implemented Learning Plans for a Learner in four easy steps:
Step 1 – Learner launches their Learning Plan
Step 2 – Learner enters Learning Plan Entries
Catalogue Items can be searched for that match their Learning Objectives or can be added later as they come available.
Step 3 – Learner records results and completed dates:
Adding a completed date sets the status of a Learning Plan entry to ‘Completed’.
Step 4 – Learner enters Journal Entries to reflect on their learning experiences
Journal entries can contain notes, thoughts and relevant documents and certificates.
The above is just a teaser. There are loads of extra features under the hood including templates for groups of Users, multiple plans running simultaneously, strong tie-ins to the Janison CPD feature set and more. There are also future enhancements such as E-Portfolios and manager approval workflows.
Originally published by Stuart Dalrymple on 16th March, 2015.
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