Learning Pathway Design
About the Diploma Learning Pathway
Your Action Learning Pathway sets out what you hope to achieve during your time as a diploma apprentice. It is a statement of intent, a planning tool, as much as an opportunity to creatively re-asses where you are going with your life. The aim is to review it regularly, adapt it to your changing needs where necessary, but most importantly to use it as a tool to make your time more constructive.
Below is a the documentation of my stages of designing and re-designing my action learning pathway. You can also read regular reflections, reviews and re-designs my pathway here.
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You can also hear about how permaculture has affected my learning pathway here:
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Linking my areas of interest with skills I wished to develop, I processed them into a loose learning curriculum. The below document (used to illustrate the goals I articulated at the start) was the ‘neat version’ of my analysis process.
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This involved articulating my goal and then trying to make tangible:
• Which domain this goal was most thematically aligned to (so that I could analyse if my design work was evenly spread across the spectrum of permaculture practice).
• How I could work towards this learning goal in my own life (as the foundation for action learning)
• Learning & development opportunities – so how I could achieve this goal.
• Design practice opportunities/potential projects – real-world projects where I could apply myself to accelerate my own learning.
• Which criteria the design may achieve, so again, I may be evenly spread across the system
• The timeline and scale – these were very important in terms of analysing my surveying work and making decisions. I identified my main priorities and tried to place elements so they would stack with other elements in the system. For example, targets of when to do different design work relating to Brook End, as well as other projects that were more ongoing, or projects that came after certain opportunities, such as courses.
In my original learning pathway, how I used permaculture analysis tools was definitely less developed than in future designs as my understanding deepened.
However as the action learning pathway is an ongoing design, you can see how my skills and knowledge of analysis tools have strengthened in the design for my MSc Political Agroecology with Gaia University.
You can read it here: http://portfolios.gaiauniversity.org/view/view.php?id=2883
In my analysis section of this Learning Pathway Design, completed in April 2013, you can see I undertook the process detailed in this mindmap:
I used decision making criteria, developed by myself and drawn from other inspiring designers – exploring my different roles in projects, whether they were my personal priority, their strategic nature, and a metric developed by Rafter Sass Ferguson exploring how to evaluate who will benefit from this work.
You can read this part of my design process in depth here. http://portfolios.gaiauniversity.org/view/view.php?id=2887
Integrating all of the above, I designed my learning pathway, as can be seen in the Goals Articulation section .
Another key aspect of my design process was undertaking my Learning Intentions and Pathway Design with Gaia University. It is on this website but is more readable on the mahara portfolio platform. See this body of work here if you are interested in a more in-depth learning pathway design in the Gaia U system: http://portfolios.gaiauniversity.org/view/view.php?id=549
You can read about all of my adventures implementing my learning pathway on my blog here.
You can read reviews of my experiences completing the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, here. Other evaluation processes I completed included:
- An end of year review in December 2011
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- An end of year review in December 2012 (will be uploaded shortly)
An extensive review of my learning pathway in relation to my Gaia University work can be read here, as my Output 6: Learning Review which goes into depth in reflecting out personal, professional, project, political and peer outcomes and key learnings. Read it here: http://portfolios.gaiauniversity.org/view/view.php?id=1466