We have provided this template to help you to build up and structure your learning contract. You will find an introduction to the learning contract in Activity 1. 6 of the Study Guide and you will find detailed guidance in the Learning Contract Guidance. This will have been sent to you as a printed booklet and is also available on the Study Resources section of the Module web-site. For each of the five sections of this template there is a corresponding section in the Learning Contract Guidance (from page 10 onwards).
You should work through and make notes on each section of the Learning Contract Guidance, to help you to develop your ideas, before you start to complete the relevant section of this template. We suggest you keep your initial notes and reflections on the activities in these sections of the Learning Contract Guidance in your Learning Journal; these will help you to develop your thinking about your learning contract and to decide what you want to write in each section. You can, of course, change the text you have written in this template document as often as you like.
This is an important point because you are likely to find that your thinking changes as you work through the activities in the Learning Contract Guidance and that you will want to revise the content several times. For this reason, we suggest you to start drafting your learning contract well before week 10 when you will submit it as eTMA02. You may of course prefer not to use this template or to use it as a starting point and then to amend it – and this is fine. You are not confined to using exactly the structure we have suggested here, as long as you clearly cover each of the five elements.
If you do use this template, you will find indicative word limits in each section which will help to give you a sense of how much you need to write – but you are free to alter these as long as you remain within the overall limit set out for eTma02 (1,600 words) . You will, of course, need to delete the instructions which are given in italics in each section before you submit it. This will leave you with the headings (in bold) and your own content. Template Section 1: Possible Learning Topics Suggested word count: approximately 200 words Time Management – At the moment I manage my time in a somewhat haphazard way.
While there is some planning involved I think that I could hone these skills further to be able to make the most of my time in the office and free myself up to spend more time with the team and monitoring our work within the exhibition. Working relations and communication – Looking into working with the wider venues teams including the organisers and facilities management. This will go a long way to securing our contract with the venue which is up for renewal in the next year. Influence and Persuasion – There are 4 team within the main team and at the moment they are very divided.
I would like to look at ways to bring these teams together and encourage to work with each other rather than against one another. This would make the whole team function more smoothly and efficiently Section 2: You and Your Learning Context: Suggested word count: approximately 200 words I recently went through the Samaritans training programme which taught me a lot about how I learn. I realised that I learn best when given examples of what to do and how to do it rather than trying to come up with my own ideas straight away.
I also find it very useful to have time to think through what I have learnt outside of specific studying time. The Samaritans sessions were a month apart which meant that I had time to go away and think about how I would apply what I had learnt to my own calls. This thinking often took place and I was travelling too or from work or in other periods of “down time”. All of the learning topics I have chosen relate to my role and more specifically how I conduct myself within my role and as such I will have a lot of freedom to make changes and try out different techniques to see what works well within my work context.
Section 3: Your Learning Objectives Read pages 18-21 of the Learning Contract Guidance from the heading Section 3: Your Learning Objectives to the end of the section headed Pulling together your thoughts about Section 3. Make notes in your Learning Journal of your thoughts about the questions and activities in this section. When you are ready, use the notes you have made to help you to draw up one learning objective for each topic area that you identified for your work-based learning inquiries in Section 1 above.
Remember to try to make each objective SMART (Specific, Measurable, Aspirational, Realistic, and Timely/Time-bound) as explained on pages 18-19 of the Learning Contract Guidance. You should also explain briefly why you have chosen each objective – this includes why you think the learning in each objective is important and how your work practice might be improved as a result. Remember to include your reserve objective (although you can comment on this more briefly than the other objectives). If you are a BUXS130 student, remember that one of your objectives must relate to Customer care in the public sector. Time Management:
My learning objective for Time Management is to get to the point where at least 50 per cent of my work time is spent on the exhibition floor by the end of the three month learning period. This will mean that all admin work will have to be done in the remaining 50 per cent of the time which will require efficient organisation on my part. This will enable me to better monitor the teams activity on the exhibition floor and pre-empt potential issues before they arise. It is also important to my boss that I am out of the office as much as possible while still keeping control over the required admin. Working Relations and Communication:
My learning objective for Working Relations and Communication is to begin to build a relationship with the event organisers who use the venue for their events These companies usually use the venue for multiple events and as such it is important that they get to know who I am and my role within the company. This will mean interacting will all the event organisers who use the venue during the 3 month learning period. This is important for OVS (Opex Venue Services) as organisers will feel a lot more confident of the service we are providing if they know more about the management of the team and have a relationship with us.
A raised profile with the organisers will also help us to secure goo feedback which is taken into account be the venue when our contract renewal is discussed. Influence and Persuasion: My learning objective for Influence and Persuasion is to look into ways to help the 4 teams within the cleaning team to work together as apposed to against each other. I need to examine ways to make this learning objective SMART. Suggested word count: approximately 350 words Section 4: Learning Strategy and Resources: Time Management: The 2 most important resources here are going to be my mentor and my boss.
Both are good sounding boards and have good advice to offer in this area. I also hope to make use of my TGF and have already picked up some good tips from here in terms on Time management. My mentor has recommended the following books: 7 Habits of Highly effective people by Stephen Covey and the topic guides suggested David Allen’s Getting Things Done which I think will provide useful advice. Finally my Tutor is available for questions and to help guide me in the right direction. Week | Action | Review | Week 1 – 5 Jan 2013 | Discuss/plan with mentor. Reading/research | | Week 2 – 12 Jan 2013 | Reading/research | |
Week 3 – 19 Jan 2013 | Implement first time management technique | Discuss with Mentor/TGF | Week 4 – 26 Jan 2013 | Review – make changes | Note progress in learning journal | Week 5 – 2 Feb 2013 | Implement second time management technique | Discuss with Mentor/TGF | Week 6 – 9 Feb 2013 | Review/make changes | Note progress in learning journal | Week 7 – 16 Feb 2013 | Implement third time management technique | Discuss with Mentor/TGF | Week 8 – 23 Feb 2013 | Review/make changes | Note progress in learning journal | Week 9 – 2 March 2013 | Working on assignment | | Week 10 – 9 March 2013 | Working on Assignment | | Week 11 – 16 March 2013 | Assignment Due | | Working Relations and Communication Again I plan to make use of my mentor for this section.
Habits of Highly Effective people will also be applicable for this learning objective. I have in the past read “How to win friends and influence people” and plan to re read this book for this learning objective. I will use the TGF forum to sound out ideas and get input from the other people on my course and my tutor will once again be able to provide extra support and guidance. There is a timing issue with this learning objective as there are no shows in tenancy until the third week in January so I will use this time for reading/research Week | Action | Review | Week 1 – 5 Jan 2013 | Discuss/plan with mentor. Reading/research | | Week 2 – 12 Jan 2013 | Reading/research | | Week 3 – 19 Jan 2013 | Meet with event organisers.
Apply advice obtained from mentor/readings | Note progress in learning journal | Week 4 – 26 Jan 2013 | Meet with event organisers. Apply advice obtained from mentor/readings | Note progress in learning journal | Week 5 – 2 Feb 2013 | Meet with event organisers. Apply advice obtained from mentor/readings | FM meeting where feedback will be given on how organisers are finding the service and an areas for improvement | Week 6 – 9 Feb 2013 | Review and apply changes | Discuss progress with mentor | Week 7 – 16 Feb 2013 | Meet with event organisers. Apply advice obtained from mentor/readings | Discuss with Mentor/TGF | Week 8 – 23 Feb 2013 | Meet with event organisers.
Apply advice obtained from mentor/readings | Note progress in learning journal | Week 9 – 2 March 2013 | Working on assignment | | Week 10 – 9 March 2013 | Working on Assignment | | Week 11 – 16 March 2013 | Assignment Due | | Suggested word count: approximately 500 words Section 5: Demonstrating Your Learning: Read pages 30 -40 of the Learning Contract Guidance from the heading Section 5: Demonstrating your learning to the end of the section headed Pulling together your thoughts about Section 5. Make notes of your thoughts about the questions, activities and illustrative case in this section in your Learning Journal. When you are ready, use the notes you have made to help you to explain how you will demonstrate your learning in relation to the objective you have decided on for each of your work-based learning inquiries.
In each case you should explain: ow you will show what you have learned about the topic which is the focus of your work-based learning inquiry (and which you identified in section 1 of your learning contract). how you will know whether you have achieved the objective you set for each work-based learning inquiry (and which you identified in section 3 of your learning contract). You should be able to identify measurable evidence or indicators for each objective. You should also be able to identify sources of evidence which will indicate that you are making progress at interim stages as well as evidence of achievement at the end of your work-based learning inquiry. As in previous section you should deal only briefly with your third objective. Suggested word count: approximately 350 words