How to Create Your Personal Learning Plan (PLP)

Drafting a PLP is the most important task of the first unit of the course. Your PLP sets your pace for the entire course. At the end of the course you will complete a learning self-assessment and evaluate how your PLP went.

We suggest you begin by reviewing the course’s “classroom page” carefully. Note the resources (readings, videos) and the learning activities on each unit’s Activity Page. Then draw up a list of objectives that constitute your PLP. We suggest you include objectives for these five areas:

  1. Completing a learning self assessment at the end of the course. (required, to get a certificate of completion)
  2. How much work you will do in each unit, for example
  • I will read/watch all the required materials in all the units (recommended) or: 75% of the material, or 50% of the material
  • I will make at least two postings in every unit (recommended) or: 1 posting, or 1 posting except I’ll let myself skip one unit.
  1. Personal transformation. Consider how the course will effect a change in your attitudes, beliefs, and values. To explore this aspect of the course, one could:
  • Chose a prayer related to the course materials to say every day
  • Meditate regularly about the course material
  • Make regular entries in a reflective journal about the course
  • Conduct a daily conversation with someone about the course.
  1. Community Building. Make a list of ways you can use the course locally to strengthen community.
  • This could involve using course ideas and materials in a devotional program, a home visit, a deepening, a study circle, a fireside, a talk at Feast, a children’s or junior youth class, or some other event. These are all activities with which Bahá’ís are familiar, but anyone can create a similar list based on the opportunities available to them at home, work, or at their place of worship.
  • Once you have made your list, choose one or two to accomplish during the course. When you accomplish them, write a posting about them (or send an email to your mentor).
  • See how many other tasks on your list you can accomplish during the course or during the one-month grace period at the end, and let everyone know about the results of those efforts as well.
  1. A formal course project at the end of the course. We highly recommend that everyone do at least one related to the course. These might be more organized and formal versions of tasks in #3 or #4 above. For example:
  • Create a PowerPoint and share it at an event (a meeting, a Feast, a devotional, etc.)
  • Complete a 10 to 15 page research paper
  • Complete an artistic project and a written explanation how it relates to the course
  • Write a report about a successful community building project that used Wilmette Institute course materials or ideas.

The Wilmette Institute has been developing a place on its public website (http://wilmetteinstitute.org) where it can publish selected examples. If you want your project to be considered, please email the Director, Robert Stockman, at rstockman@usbnc.org.