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.

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