Alan WiIliams said:
Here is a link to my plan. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mL1rF-enMiG2_RVlAJt6bKgJl3ToIscPLuRgao-8o38/edit
Let's begin with a rough draft. Grab a notebook or etherpad and start sketching. Some research will be involved in this task. Take your time and explore all the options.
What's your starting point?
Relevant experience, interests and accomplishments, both academic and extracurricular. College courses taken, creative pursuits, volunteer work...
What are the learning steps you path requires?
Content and skills you’ll need to master--be specific! People or organizations that may become a part of your quest; Courses you want to take; Groups to join; Specific books, videos, websites that you want to read, watch, or use.
Set milestones and be specific
What are you going to do in the next day, week, month, and year to make your plan a reality? This is where accountability starts to come into play. Attach fair deadlines to milestones in your plan.
What are the experiences you want to pursue as part of your learning?
Internships, volunteering, travel, leadership of an organization, or experience working with a mentor.
Your Task: Share a basic outline of your learning plan with us. How long would it take you to complete a self-directed plan like this? Post a link to your learing plan in the comments below. Review other learning plans.
See more advice about drafting plans in the Edupunk's Guide.
A very brief outline.
Goal: to become a meteorologist.
-weather station work at age 14
-course on disasters and climate at University, Spring 2012
1. become proficient in maths and hard sciences (chemisty and physics)
2. courses on meteorology
3. Follow the American Meteorological Society and other pertinent websites
4. Search for scholarly articles. Read books that are attainable.
1. Begin elementary math instruction, Saylor.org. Practice with other guides (Immediately)
2] Begin on list of books (ASAP)
3. Hire a tutor to help in maths/sciences (October)
4] Consider a post-bacc in meteorology.
Comments and suggestions are most welcome. I understand that in order to be successful, I'm going to have to further break down these goals.
I currently have my own freelance web design and development business. My skill set is made up of years of experience in both client and server-side scripting in the following languages, frameworks, and databases: HTML 4.01/XHTML/HTML5, CSS 2/3, JS, jQuery, PHP 5, Ruby/Ruby on Rails, and SQL/MySQL. My confidence level is not high enough unfortunately, and I'm willing to revamp my knowledge base to strengthen this.
Building my portfolio, learning vital techniques in SEO, e-commerce and internet security, and creating and maintaining a sizable clietele are my main goals.
I'm currently a member of various online communities including the W3 Consortium, PHP Women, and Ruby Nuby, and want to contribute back to them as they have to me.
I currently have a weekly Skype study partner, and am VERY excited to be studying PHP with her! I look forward to having our study group grow.
I plan on going for my PHP 5.3 and Zend Certification by the end of this year, as well as having a sizable portfolio of works I am very proud of.
I noticed your background in "3d art for architecture and exhibitions". That's so cool.
There's a few groups here who you might be able to help out/learn from!
the first part of my learning plan will take from May 2012 until the general election in November 2012
I- OpenCourseWare lectures including topics on speech writing and political science classes on successful campaigns- write summaries of lectures & come questions for further exploration
II- Reading List - including Political Campaign Communication: Principles & Practices, Campaign Bootcamp, & some texts involving marketing, branding, and managing found on Scribd, write summaries/responses to material
III- Real World Interactions- South Carolina New Dems Political Campaign School (weekend workshop summer 2012, exact date TBA); vetting some of the candidates running for county office, ideally 'volunteer coordinator' or 'office manager' position (experience as campaign volunteer, worked on web based marketing projects, managed small staff previously, & several years experience as copywriter that can possibly be selling points)
My map to success is available to view here: Map the Road to Success
As Dave points out below, this task should take some time and requires reflection and revisiting, which I'm sure I shall do. In a few months, or even weeks, I'm sure my map will look very different.
For one thing, I still have to work out how long all this is going to take.
Anyway, here it is for all to see and comment upon.
I began to work on this part of the plan and this sentence from the first paragraph here played in my head like a stuck phonograph needle: Take your time and explore all the options.
The prompts for this task along with Anya's really got me to think about what has led me to this moment in the Universe. The stuff that I've read and studied since graduating high school is all over the map. Perhaps it would help me if I were to review some of it and place it in some semblance of order.
The structure of this learning experience is perfect. If it were more conventional I wouldn't be taking this short detour. But it's something I really feel that I need to do.
I must say, the stuff that I am doing at RadioBack is not designed for reader entertainment. I would be thrilled if anyone here found it useful in generating ideas for their own journey, but the audience that I am writing for is one, me. I am not actively promoting it from any of my other sites either.
My detour begins here.
Right now, the next thing I wanna do is practice PHP -Web developement- , or Start iOS (switch to mobile sites/apps),
In want to make way to be an UX expert - good with UI, typography - .
This very moment I want my focus for my blog writing - regularity, user base -.
- Inter Act: http://interact.webstandards.org/curriculum/
- Dev Central: http://devcentral.iftech.com/
- Film: The Summer of love http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/love/filmmore/index.html
STEP 4: CONNECT WITH OTHERS
I found the ArsDigita University Computer Science curriculum to be a good starting point, however the video lectures are too outdated in content (2000). The curriculum is available at the ArsDigita website and is based on the ACM's model.
The Course List:
Calculus I and Linear algebra
Computer Organization or Design
Theory of Computation
Either One Course at a Time with 4 weeks a Course or 4 Courses at a time for about 4 months.
1st Milestone: PreCalculus Review and Test by 15th March.
Awesome goal here, Maria. I'm currently completing a quest of speaking Spanish/learning more about the Spanish culture.
You may find some inspiration or valuable resources on my blog: http://leahmacvie.com/category/projseries/6-months-to-spain/ Most of the language learning resources I've found have German in their series. Good luck!
Getting to Advanced Level German is the most important. I hope to accomplish that by the end of this year, preferably by September. Continuing to review a German Grammar book I have, writing paragraphs and sentences to be corrected by native speakers, learning new vocabulary, reading (aloud) German litarature, and listening to as much German as I can are the supports to get me there. This is my main priority.
Have you tried Livemocha.com? I have found it very useful for learning French and Russian.
There are interactive lessons and coaching from native speakers. It is mostly free, but you can earn the extra paid lessons by helping people learn your native tongue.
Overall goal: "Become a web developer" (or something like that)
My starting point:
- Can code in python, lua and PHP
- Can develop very basic web apps with PHP
- Can plan and design websites fluently
- Passionate about computer science
- Learn more about how websites work (protocols, etc. )
- Aquire Development skills (planning, implementation)
- Aquire Tool Skills (Django, MVC, OOP, git)
- Create a web application that people will use
- Work with mentors
- *possibly* internship
-Learning about how the web works: I'll give myself about 2 weeks to learn the basics.
- Learning about the planning process: Again, 2 weeks should do it.
- Aquire toolset: I'll give myself a week to learn some basic git and 3 weeks to get the basics of Django down.
· My starting point
o I’m a 41 year old “retired” electrician. I graduated from Hillsborough Community College in the spring of 2011 with my associate in arts degree! Yea, me! I attended online classes at Saint Leo University till I realized that college online education sucked… therefor, I am transferring to the University of North Florida this summer. I hope to rejoin the workforce with a computer information systems degree. Wish me luck! Till, that time I plan on expanding my education in preparation for my upcoming classes.
o With this in mind, I will work through the webcraft challenge series, one challenge per week.
o I would like to work with a mentor, several mentors really, as not everyone jells despite a common goal.
· Time period till completion
o It appears from a casual observation that I should complete this series of exercises in seven weeks.
Narrowing it down is the hard part, but the real skill is being able to apply this to learning tasks over and over again. My plan is to look into open learning software and identify one of particular interest to me. I will definitely be checking out lernanta (thanks for the suggestion Alison). The steps I will need to take will be familiarizing myself with the code, learning any APIs or languages I am not familiar with, and then contributing to the code. The milestone for this learning task will be the act of contributing quality code to a project and having it accepted. The experiences I would like to have during this is learning to better work with peers on software and learning to network with people over the internet more efficiently. I have also actually starting to use my website at http://www.IAmCorbin.net and put up some blog posts for Webmaking 101. I also set up a credentials page to help keep me inspired to add to the list of learning achievements. I plan to document my learning process on the blog and use it as incentive for writing articles about things I am learning.
Edit: I also just found the Introduction to Contributing to Lernanta ( http://p2pu.org/en/groups/introduction-to-contributing-to-lernata/ ) Course so I'll be checking that out. Looking closer I see that I need to learn Python and found this course to start on that task ( http://p2pu.org/en/groups/python-programming-101/ )
You beat me to it! As I read your reply I thought "I should have given him the link to Contributing to Lernanta: http://p2pu.org/en/groups/introduction-to-contributing-to-lernata/
This goes for all others in this group who are looking for a chance to get involved with coding. Lernanta is built with django, which I believe has a foundation of python. (I'm about to expose myself as a non-programmer!!) Anyway, check it out!
While working on better defining and organizing my open learning plans I stumbled onto a variety of mind mapping tools. Here is a site that compares a bunch of different ones: http://www.mind-mapping.org/web-based-mindmappers/details.html . I'm trying out the Mind42 one right now: http://mind42.com/ and this looks like an excellent tool for open curriculum creation and general open learning organization.
Here is what I have so far in creating an open curriculum for myself, and even more importantly developing a system that I can use to better organize and get tasks completed. http://mind42.com/pub/mindmap?mid=d38633d1-a13e-431a-ac10-238b77179d0e&rel=url . Next I will be working on an Open Learning Resources mindmap to map the world of open learning out as a fun and useful exercise.
The problem is trying to narrow this down, isn't it? So much to do, so little time...
Get involved in the the open badge community by:
I would also like to develop a 'final project' of some sort at the end of the 'semester'. I was thinking a guide that would help organizations (schools, companies) see how they could utilize the open badge system. What do you think?
This is a great plan. Perhaps you could even get your college to lead a few open courses and offer badges. Would anyone on the faculty be open?
Also - what if some of the students led courses that offered badges? At UC Berkeley students have their own peer-led school (http://www.decal.org/) but they haven't tied into an open badges system because they use the internal Berkeley credit system.
Alison- Believe it or not, I've proposed a course like this before and it didn't get that far. I think because although I have a bit of teeth in my position, I don't have the credentials on paper to teach a course (Ph.D.). Also, standards have gotten so tough that students don't really have time anymore for electives- which is what this course would be. There are also a lot of layers to get through when proposing a course. It's easy to see why setting up a course on a a site like P2PU or Udemy more easily allows instructors to get straight to the students....
Now this doesn't mean that an existing course's delivery couldn't be modified. I could even co-teach a class that introduced more open materials and utilized a badge system. This might be a better way to go.
I have never heard of DeCal before. This is such an awesome concept! But once again...I wouldn't be able to be involved in this if my school followed the same rules. It's funny that I teach faculty...but because I'm not faculty, I wouldn't be able to sponsor one of these student'led classes.
Thanks for the reply- you are keeping me thinking!
Leah - you have a very storng understanding of some of the obstacles in higher ed for DIY learning opportunities - I would like more people to read about your thoughts. Would you be willing to write a guest entry on the P2PU blog about your work and some of your goals? You could keep it short and sweet. Just a few paragraphs would do!