The premise behind the Charting Tools is that articulating learning goals can assist in acquiring new knowledge, and also provide a means by which you can interact with your peers to discover shared interests and aspirations and support each other in achieving goals.
As a new user of the tools, the first thing to do is to log in and set some initial goals (you can always add more later):
- Go to http://charting.gcu.ac.uk (opens in new tab)
- Register, and Log in using the username and password.
- Log out, restart your browser, and log in again (sorry)
- Click in the 'new goal' box on the left hand side of the page.
- Type a goal: try and make it as concise as possible (four or five words as it needs to fit in the left hand column and on various menus. You can add more detail later (see below).
- Repeat until you have around four goals.
- Now install the bookmark/extension to start using the charting tool. See the instructions for your browser: chrome or firefox
hints and tips
- You can articulate your goals in any way that suits you: some users will set concrete goals, others will be more abstract. Goals can be short-term or longer-term, but should be described at a level where you can expect to achieve some progress towards the goal in the short term. If you are having difficulty articulating goals, see what others have written by clicking the 'All goals' menu item.
- if you find it difficult to articulate a goal in four or five words, you can always add a note later to elaborate. Or create a blog post.
- The goals should relate to your professional practice.