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Individual Learning Contract

Learning Skill:  This is a general topic in which you have targeted self-development.  Examples include communication skills, networking, interpersonal relationships, group process, meeting management, stress management, physical fitness, problem solving, work habits. You can also identify an area of professional development, but "stretch" yourself.

Goals:  A goal is a clear and accurate picture of what you want to be able to do.  Accomplishing a goal is changing a behavior that, once accomplished, can be seen or felt by others, or intrinsically realized by you.  An elaborate goal plan could include primary goals that could be achieved within the next three to six months; intermediate goals take from three months to several years, like a college degree; life goals require you to start preparing for now.

Specific Objectives:  In order to accomplish a goal, it will be helpful to break it down into sequential increments or learning steps.  Decide which criteria indicates progress and / or accomplishment.

Criteria:  Criteria are the degree of accomplishment you are working toward, or when you will know you have accomplished your objectives.

Resources:  Identify an information/assistance system.  Think “out of the box” to identify less conventional means. 

Methods and Activities:  What will you actually be doing to achieve your objectives? 

Evaluation Procedure:  Honest self assessment, constructive group feedback, and positive self-talk are all components of evaluation.  Think of this as a process of development, not as a pass or fail final judgment day.   

Deadlines:
  There’s a reason it’s called a contract.  A contract makes you accountable by virtue of your commitment.  Be heartened by the knowledge that your RULEmates are working on their own goals.  It’s self-actuation through reciprocity.

11/2011 jd