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What's the point of PDP?

This presentation challenges institutional perception of PDP as a 'Cinderella' area of teaching in selected modules by proposing an integrated student-centred framework to focus and showcase transformation from 1st year to employable graduate.
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alice gray

on 10 July 2013

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'What's the point of PDP?'
Providing a holistic and engaging framework for personal development planning at university, and beyond.
Engaging students through ownership of technological framework for PDP
choice of framework
Research Project
Find academic participants at levels 4, 5 and 6 for exploration of various holistic PDP frameworks (wiki, google apps, blogs) combining WebLearn module assessment and wider student-centred personal development planning in academic/transferable skills development and employability.
What is PDP?
'a structured and supported process undertaken by an individual to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career development' (HEA, 2013)
PDP at LondonMet
Personal Development Portfolio
(2004-2011) was not entirely successful: downloadable Word document was 'clunky'

It used 'planning, recording reflecting' approach.

It provided 'ownership' but with little scope to exercise it.

Motivation: beyond completing relevant core module assessment at each level - students not incentivized

PDP connects:
Planning

(individual's goals and intentions for learning or achievement),
Doing

(aligning actions to intentions),
Recording

(thoughts, ideas, experiences, to understand/evidence the process and results of learning),
Reflection

(reviewing and evaluating experiences and the results of learning). (HEA, 2013)
wiki
blog
Google apps site
Facebook
or Twitter
private
Advantages of wiki
outside WebLearn
, so cuts across module/year boundaries
student control
over content, design, layout
tutors, students or potential employers '
invited
' into private space temporarily
continual adaptation
possible
easy to upload
and store assignments, feedback and other documents
user-friendly
and easy to access
Disadvantages
security/copyright of university materials
technological orientation required
Advantages of blog
outside WebLearn
, so cuts across module/year boundaries
student control
over content, design, layout
tutors, students or potential employers '
invited'
into private space temporarily
continual adaptation
possible
user-friendly
and easy to access
simple reflective journal with links and multimedia
Disadvantages
security/copyright
of university materials
continual adaptation
less easy
uploading and storing
assignments, feedback and other documents problematic
Advantages of Google Apps site
outside WebLearn
, so cuts across module/year boundaries
continual adaptation
by tutor possible
easy to upload
and store assignments, feedback and other documents in multimedia formats
user-friendly
and easy to access
Disadvantages
security/copyright
of university materials
technological orientation
required
tutor-controlled
space
student access
by invitation
: 'tenant'
Advantages of Facebook or Twitter
familiar technology
designed for brevity
outside WebLearn
, so cuts across module/year boundaries
user-friendly
and easy to access
simple reflective Facebook journal with links and multimedia, or Twitter discussion
Disadvantages
not designed for privacy
limited student control
over content, design, layout
'unfriending'
tutors, other students or potential employers is problematic
once posted, '
out there' forever
RDF: interesting new PDP approach for postgraduates
How to engage students?
enhance the performance, and reputation of the institution"
(Trowler, 2010)
"time, effort and other relevant resources invested by both students and their institutions
enhance the learning outcomes and development of students
optimise the student experience
Provide guidance, scaffolding and 'ownership' of PDP



Progression requirement would incentivize - providing link between academic skills development and employability
Provides a holistic visual concept

Adapt to graduate skills: A1, A2, A3...

...linked to new academic skills, employability and project levels (4, 5, 6)

Linked to creative assessment in Weblearn and wide choice of learning materials in relevant skills areas, e.g. via Study Hub

student:
develops transferable skills
takes responsibility for 'learning to learn'
sets short and long term study goals
reflects on and evaluates own progress
University addresses three dimensions of student engagement:
1.Individual student learning
2.Structure and process
3.Identity

Thus, squaring consumerist Market Model (MMSE) with Developmental Model (DMSE)
Online References
Careers Research and Advice Centre (2013) Manage your career with the Vitae RDF Planner, CRAC [Online] Available at: http://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers/291411/RDF-Professional-Development-Planner.html [accessed 08/07/2013]

Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (2013) STUDY HUB, London Metropolitan University [Online] Available at: http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/epacks/studyhub/index.html [accessed 08/07/2013]

Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (2011) USING TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT, London Metropolitan University [Online] Available at: https://metranet.londonmet.ac.uk/fms/MRSite/psd/hr/capd/good-practice/Staff_Guide_Teaching_for_Student_Engagement_June_%202011.pdf [accessed 08/07/2013]

Centre for Recording Achievement (2010) Supporting Employer Engagement through E-Portfolios, CRA [Online] Available at: http://www.recordingachievement.org/employers-cpd/he5p.html [accessed 08/07/2013]

London Metropolitan University (2013) Personal Development Portfolio, [Online] Available at: https://metranet.londonmet.ac.uk/registry/$academic-development-and-review/pdp/home.cfm [accessed 08/07/2013]

The Higher Education Academy (2013) PDP - Personal Development Planning, [HEA Online] Available at: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/pdp/pdp [accessed 08/07/2013]

Trowler, V. (2010) Student engagement literature review, [HEA Online] Available at: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/studentengagement/StudentEngagementLiteratureReview.pdf [accessed 08/07/2013]

https://metranet.londonmet.ac.uk/registry/$academic-development-and-review/pdp/home.cfm
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