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Learning Pathway Design Cover Sheet

Learning Pathway Design Cover Sheet

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Design Cover Sheet 
Title of Design
Learning Pathway Design
Dates of Design
 January 2011 – January 2013 (Ongoing design)Intensive design periods: January 2011, August 2011
Design Brief 
The Action Learning Pathway sets out what you hope to achieve during your time as adiploma apprentice. It is a statement of intent, a planning tool, as much as an opportunity tocreatively re-asses where you are going with your life. The aim is to review it regularly,adapt it to your changing needs where necessary, but most importantly to use it as a tool tomake your time more constructive.
How this design meets the Assessment Criteria:Demonstrating Design Skills
 Overview of Design Process
To complete this design I used the framework below:
– a specific statement of what I hope to achieve.
Holmgren’s Domain
– which is basically a way of categorizing my interests in acoherent way that flows withDavid Holmgren’s work .
Theory in Action/Permaculture Lifestyle
– this how I can implement thisgoal on a personal level, so that I am really ‘walking the talk’ to so speak.
Learning & Skill development opportunities
– This is how I can learn theskills to achieve my goal, via courses, reading etc.
Design Practice Opportunities/Potential Projects
– how I can put thelearning into action
Complementary Criteria:
– how can I share my experience of achieving or working towardsthis goal with others
Community Building
- how can I apply it to my community
- can it contribute to the permaculture community in some way?
Evaluations & Costings
– is there an opportunity to measure its effect or usemy outcomes towards further research
– when am I aiming to achieve this goal by, setting a date makesit a measurable goal.My learning pathway however was re-designed further when I began my BSc IntegrativeEcosocial Design with Gaia University, where I undertook a Learning Intentions & PathwayDesign. The design process included:
Survey: completing a life & career review, surveying my areas of interest, currentand skill flexes.
Analysis & Design: Exploring how these skill flexes could be gained and designing‘output packets’ and projects that could support me to meet these learning needs.This was also designed into a pathway plan with logistics & SMART targets.You can read my Learning Intentions & Pathway Design here:http://portfolios.gaiauniversity.org/view/view.php?id=549 
Use of Permaculture Ethics, Principles & Theory
Each goal area was categorised using David Holmgren’s Permaculture Principles.The pathway was also designed to ensure that activities were congruent with the threepermaculture ethics.The pathway was designed using permaculture pedagogy such as recognising action learningand the need for active reflection and re-design.
Design Tools & Techniques Used
Survey: exploring areas of interest, skill flexes
Applying David Holmgren’s principles
How this design meets the Assessment Criteria:Learning from, and developing your permaculture practice 
Effectiveness of Design & Design Outcomes
I believe the design of my learning pathway was extremely effective and a major contributingfactor to how enjoyable and productive my experience as been in undertaking the Diplomain Applied Permaculture Design. This can be evidenced by my review of relevant activitiesand the abundant projects I have been involved with.Stacking the diploma in with Gaia University has meant that my learning pathway has beenwell-tracked and evaluated, with large outputs of work being produced regularly and a finalend of year review being completed. This output best shows the outcomes of this pathwaydesign process:
Evaluation Summary
What went well:
Extensively surveying my desired skill flexes. If you don’t know what you want togain skills in, you probably are unlikely to and so consciously articulating whatspecifically I wanted to gain from the diploma at the start meant I was much morelikely to achieve these aims.
Stacking with Gaia University obviously accelerated my use of design skills, which inturn benefited my diploma projects. Also have a monthly advising session andregular peer guilds meant I had an extremely supportive system that I could optimisefor my own learning.
What I would have done differently:
My end of year review in December 2011 shows elements needing to be re-designed, where perhaps there may have been too many goals or goals were not ashigh a priority as first thought. Having a mechanism to prioritise goals I felt wouldhave been effective.
I think finding a way to make a smaller document that I could stick on one page forexample to help me feel focused would have been useful.
In hindsight I would have invested more energy in tracking and documentationsystems, especially for my design work so that I could upload designs faster online.
Having start and end times for projects would have been useful in managingworkloads.
Costings Summary

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