I don't create personal learning plans on a regular basis but when I do I find the exercise quite useful as long as I keep the timeframe relatively short. My interests will inevitably shift. Three months is a good timeframe for me to focus on a few specific themes. The themes for January to March 2016 will be: Conversations, Online Learning and Teaching, and Personal Branding and Social Media Engagement.
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Two things to note on the map: 1) The biggest effort will be put into producing my first Skillshare class, which is the best example of how I plan on learning by doing. I'm very much in a mood to "just do it!"; 2) As is often the case, the mapping process allowed me to identify connections across all three themes, which makes this plan very coherent (at least in my own head) and ensures that no element will be isolated and ignored.
Looking up an old Personal Learning Plan from 2009, I realized how my thinking has evolved and how my mapping has evolved as well.