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1 Personal Development Planning (PDP)/ePortfolio: What are we talking about? by Dr Charles Juwah Department for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Assessment RGU:DELTA

2 Content Personal Development Planning (PDP): What is it? Why PDP? Providing the framework to ensure effective student engagement in learning and development.

3 Outcomes Appraise and discuss the importance and process of Personal Development Planning (PDP). Use PDP and ePortfolio to support the development of relevant knowledge, skills, competencies. Justify the role of PDP in enhancing employability (or employment skills).

4 What is Personal Development Planning (PDP)? Personal development planning (PDP) is defined 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'.

5 What is Personal Development Planning (PDP)? PDP embraces a range of approaches to learning that connect: planning (an individual's goals and intentions for learning or achievement), doing (aligning actions to intentions), recording (thoughts, ideas, experiences, in order to understand and evidence the process and results of learning) and reflection (reviewing and evaluating experiences and the results of learning) (HEA 2008).

6 Why PDP?

7 What are all these for ? Unconscious (Un)competence Lack awareness Conscious (Un)competence Awareness raised Conscious Competence Unconscious Competence Feedback Facilitation/ instruction Practice Feedback Complacency Source: Universities Scotland Effective Learning Framework

8 PDP Academic: Developing knowledge, skills, abilities and competences -Working Portfolio of Students Artefacts -Assessment -Develop reflection -Supporting personal/professional development

9 PDP -Repository of artefacts -Evidencing progression of learning and achievement (of the intended, outcomes, competencies, etc.): a basis for accreditation of prior learning. it can also serves as a transcript -Resource for planning a CV -Showcasing and presentation of evidence of achievement

10 Benefits of PDP PDP process will enable you to: become more self aware of their learning needs; identify opportunities for learning and developing new skills outwith the curriculum; identify their strengths and weaknesses and to devise ways by which to improve on them; develop skills and capabilities that are relevant for employment;

11 Benefits of PDP PDP process will enable you to: make the link between teaching, learning and assessment and to take ownership of your learning; be more effective in monitoring and reviewing your progress; record in a more structured way your academic achievement and career-related capabilities; enhance your continuing professional development become autonomous lifelong learner.

12 Benefits of PDP Enables feedback and support to be provided around your learning needs by: peers tutors mentors supervisors

13 What is involved in PDP?

14 Stages of PDP Profiling Setting outcomes and learning objectives Planning and Doing Assessment

15 Stages of PDP Feedback Action planning Evidencing and recording achievement

16 What can I use to support my PDP?

17 Types of PDP Paper based PDP Electronic PDP (ePDP) - ORhttp://eportfolio.rgu.ac.uk IP Address:

18 ePortfolio Global Profile Create a global profile: - Name - Password - Status - Location * Complete boxes with asterisk

19 ePortfolio Tour of the site: Provides information on the various sections of the ePortfolio Hovering over each icon provides relevant information on that section of the ePortfolio

20 ePortfolio Sections of the ePortfolio: Profile/Skills Audit Learning Style Learning Agreement Outcome (s)/ Objective (s) Planning and Doing Learning (Formal, informal, individual or group based) Sections of the ePortfolio: Learning/Reflective Journal (Review) Assessment Feedback Action Planning Evidencing learning Career Dev CV

21 ePortfolio Uploading Files to the ePortfolio You can upload a range of files: - Word - Audio - Graphics - Images - Moving images: streamed video - ASCII - Excel or Access * You are restricted to 20MB

22 ePortfolio Private and Public Spaces Your ePortfolio is private However, you may wish to make any or all sections of your portfolio to specific individuals (e.g. tutor/mentor/coach or fellow students, etc.) You can grant individuals access to any section of your portfolio by inserting their names in the relevant fields

23 ePortfolio Calendar Management Manage your activities using the calendar

24 What next? Activity 1 Now that you have familiarised yourself with the PDP process and the ePortfolio tool, please complete the following: Produce a profile of your knowledge, skills and competences pertaining to teaching using the skills audit proforma or the SWOT analysis approach. Use the Learning Style Questionnaire to produce a profile of your preferred learning style. Note. Please share your skills profile and output of your learning style test with your mentor and tutor.

25 Contact Dr Charles Juwah Department for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Assessment St Andrew St Building Aberdeen AB25 1HG Tel

26 Further Reading COTTRELL, S., Chapters 1 and 2, Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. STRIVEN, J., Chapter 1, Report on Personal Development Planning. Higher Education Academy [online] Available from: (Accessed 14 December 2008)www.heacademy.ac.uk/pdp CENTRE FOR RECORDING ACHIEVEMENT (CRA) NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY INTO HIGHER EDUCATION, Higher Education in the Learning Society, Report of the National Committee (The Dearing Report) [online] Available from:

27 References HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY (HEA), PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING (PDP) - heacademy.ac.uk/PDP-UK-NETWORK.htmwww.heacademy.ac.uk/pdp/htm HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY, Student Employability Profiles. The Higher Education Academy © September ISBN QUALITY ASSURANCE AGENCY, Guidelines for the progress files [online] Available from:


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