Jago Brown

Tools for career & educational planning and evaluating my.pPlan

Discussion created by Jago Brown on Aug 9, 2018
Latest reply on Aug 5, 2019 by Jago Brown

Dear Instructional Designers and others interested in this area,


Career and educational planning is often referred to in English (UK) Higher Education as PDP – Personal Development Planning.  And institutions find different tools, practices and approaches to support students with this planning, thinking and strategizing. An out-of-the-box online tool I felt was not available on https://www.eduappcenter.com  (?) to students or intuitions was one that:


  1. provides a structure to support the planning process and conversation with assigned mentors/coaches
  2. providing a structure that facilitates a more organic visual (planning - Kanban board like) way of thinking and planning - where inline feedback can be given at different points in the process
  3. Makes use of SMART criteria https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria to help the student think in an objective way (Note Action-steps replace Assignable/Achieveble)
  4. Allows the breakdown of each broad goal into many SMART plans (i.e. a system that supports many to many relationships)
  5. a lower cost tool (than say an ePortolio which may have to store and manage many digital assists for long periods)


To start exploring a tool that would provide these features I’ve built an online prototype anyone can currently Sign into, so feedback from this community would be very useful. Below is link to a survey and more information on the tool:

The tool: https://my.pplan.xyz 
Survey: https://goo.gl/forms/uozgRwr8Ja0ZfT8t1 
Quick overview of tool/backend post: https://goo.gl/3kRH3M  
How to use the tool: https://goo.gl/CNTZwT  
Step-by-step user guidance: https://jago.active-studio.com/pplan-user-guide/ 


Note, this prototype is not an LTI tool provider (yet), but it was to LTI tools that we initially looked to provide these kinds of features at my college.

Jago Brown