What is the range of activities/opportunities that people in your organisation undertake to learn how to do their job more effectively? In what ways does your organisation help/hinder the individuals to learn? Are there any barriers to learning and development?
This assignment requires you to:
Produce a well written and clearly structured essay, referenced appropriately (Harvard).
Look within your workplace and identify some of the informal i.e. not arranged or provided by the employer, ways/techniques that individuals use or take part in to learn how to carry out their job role effectively/ or better. You should describe 1 specific example of a situation/scenario where you have experienced or observed this in your work environment.
Identify and describe a range of key, formal and structured activities and opportunities offered and put in place by your employer to support staff learning and development in the workplace.
Analyse and evaluate the relative success (or otherwise) of these formal activities and opportunities.
Identify and describe a variety any barriers to learning and development that may exist for staff within your workplace. These may be driven by organisational values/decisions or by personal/individual values/circumstances. Give 1 specific example of each situation.
Make recommendations for improvements or changes to existing learning and development processes/activities within the organisation. Remember in this section to make reference to any barriers you may have identified earlier.
Through research and reading around relevant topics you should make appropriate links in the essay to academic theory/models or examples of good practise relating to workplace learning. Linking these directly to examples you have given is always valuable.
Here are some (certainly not exhaustive!) useful questions for you to consider:
- How do staff (formally and informally) identify their learning/training needs? Think of specific examples…..perhaps from your own experience or that of colleagues?
- What specific actions are involved in this identification and how is this supported?
- What types of learning, training and development activities and opportunities are available to staff within your organisation?
- What are all the different ways that the organisation supports learning and development (formally or informally?)
- Are there any barriers (things that make it challenging or difficult) to learning and development for staff in your organisation. If so, what are they? Give specific examples either from your own experiences or your observations?
- How do staff know whether a learning/training activity has been successful?
- How does the organisation know if an activity has been successful….how is this evaluated/measured?
- What recommendations can you make to improve the learning support processes within your organisation?
Remember, you are also expected to consider and critique relevant academic theory/models/examples of best practise in relation to learning in general and workplace learning in particular. Don’t forget to use appropriate Harvard referencing!
The assessment criteria for the essay will be as follows:
- Extent to which the student produces a well written and clearly structured essay within the word limit
- Extent to which the student identifies within their organisation, a range of informal ways that individuals learn how to carry out their job effectively and provides 1 specific example.
- Extent to which the student identifies a range of more formal activities and opportunities offered by their employer to support staff learning and development
- Extent to which the student analyses and evaluates the success of these opportunities/activities
- Extent to which the students identifies barriers to learning and development that may exist for staff within their workplace. These may be driven by organisational values/decisions or by personal /individual values/circumstances. Provide 1 specific example of each
- Extent to which the student has made relevant recommendations for changes/improvements to existing opportunities/activities
- Extent to which the student has demonstrated an understanding of and made links to relevant academic theory/models/examples of good practise relating to learning in the workplace
- Extent to which the student has used Harvard referencing
Assignment 2- Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) (3000 words)
Your assignment for this module requires you to develop and produce a Personal Development Portfolio which identifies, demonstrates analyses and evidences your performance, development and learning in relation to a specific and negotiated workplace related aim and two SMART objectives.
You will need to take a very structured approach to this assignment, following the specific and prescribed structure detailed in this guide. Compiling a portfolio of this nature is a lengthy and ongoing process demanding good planning and organisational skills over the designated period. It is impossible to produce a high quality PDP at the last minute!
Here is an overview of the PDP process and structure:
The first, and perhaps most important task, in this assignment is the setting one AIM with two related SMART objectives (A&O’s).
Your aim should be relevant to your job role/function and to your own development. You then need to identify two of the key activities/actions required in order to achieve your aim. These will then become your SMART objectives. It works well if you can focus one of your objectives on a relevant personal/professional development need and the other on a job role/function issue. It may not always be possible to make this distinction and this is a matter to be discussed with your tutor on the first placement visit.
In order for your objectives to be truly SMART they will also need to be discussed, negotiated and approved by your Host Supervisor/manager as being Realistic and Achievable.
You will be required to produce these A&O’s for your tutor’s approval and agreement by the date posted on the module NILE site.
As soon as this has been achieved you can then make an immediate start on writing the first stages of your two Learning Agreements…..one for each of your SMART objectives. Each of these agreements must be supported by a range of supporting evidence relating to the various tasks, activities and experiences you have identified in your agreements.
When you have completed the writing up both of your Learning Agreements, you can then write the final stage of your portfolio, the Critical Evaluation.