Personal Development Planning

Personal Development Planning
Planning for your Future
• Kevin Brosnan
School of Education
• Sarah Grayston
IS, eLearning Liaison and Development Team
Structure of the Session
General overview of PDP and key principles underpinning P4YF
Demonstration of prototype P4YF system
Questions / discussion
Overview of PDP(1)
The Dearing Review (NCIHE, 1997) directed HE Institutions to develop the
‘means by which students can monitor, build and reflect upon their personal
development [PDP]’.
Within this context the report defines PDP as “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.”
Overview of PDP(2)
Progress Files:
● The HE Transcript (a formal recording of academic achievement);
● An individual’s own on- going record of learning, achievement, progress
reviews and plans, which will be used to clarify personal goals and provide a
resource from which material can be selected to produce personal statements
(Personal Development record);
● Structured processes to develop the capacity of individuals to reflect upon
their own learning, and achievement and to plan for their own educational,
academic and career development.
Overview of PDP (3)
Graduate attributes:
These are the qualities, skills and understandings that a university
community agrees its students should develop during their time with the
institution and consequently shape the contribution they are able to make
to their profession and society….They are qualities that also prepare
graduates as agents of social good in an unknown future.
(Bowden et al 2000)
Overview of PDP @ UOS
‘Enhancement-Led Institutional Review: follow-up report, 2007
Since December 2006 an-online facility supporting PDP has been
available to all students via the Portal.
‘Enhancement-Led Institutional Review: 2011
The University acknowledges that the development and implementation of PDP
has achieved limited success to date. University staff indicate that a creditbearing PDP module that is currently under development will allow students to
map their experience to the University's graduate attributes. This may
contribute to a more effective integration of PDP into students' learning
Learning and Teaching Quality Enhancement Strategy 2010-2015
Student Experience
To enhance the employability of students and their capacity to succeed in a
changing world.
Overview of PDP @ UOS
PDP induction
All students
Credit bearing
Credit bearing
Academic Career @ UOS
Overview of PDP @ UOS
Credit bearing half-module (1)
- focus on process of transition into the university community
- initial meeting / mid-semester review / finalisation
Credit bearing half-module (2)
- focus on process of transition to employment / further study
- initial meeting / mid-semester review / finalisation
A ‘process driven’ curriculum underpins both modules
Overview of PDP @ UOS
The P4YF process:
Skills auditing
Goal setting
Recording & reflecting
The above elements occur across three domains:
academic / employability / personal & social
Stirling’s Graduate Attributes
At the heart of the LTQES is the belief that the University of Stirling is
producing graduates who are equipped to cope with the complexities of life
and work in the 21st century.
Section 2: Learning and Teaching Quality Enhancement Strategy 2010-2015
Developing resources for P4YF
A ‘crowd sourcing’ approach…

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