pPlan: a Personal Development Planning & Mentoring tool

I don’t want to repeat what can currently read on the tools site https://pplan-prototype1.herokuapp.com  (offline now https://my.pplan.xyz), or seen in the planning essentials sheet or  user guide page .  Also problems/questions this prototype is trying to answer can be seen in the survey.  So the four screenshots below are intented to give a quick insight into how the tool can be used from a mentors point of view, although the metees view is not hugely different as the user guide illustrates.

Figrure 1 below is the dashboard of a user who has a mentor themself, but is also a mentor to three individuals. The dashboard displays links to the boards of these three mentees as well as links to request other mentors/mentees and withdraw informed consent.  Note: click images to enlarge

pPlan Dashboard
figure 1: pPlan Dashboard of user who is a mentor to 3 individuals

Figure 2 below is a “mentors” view on their “mentee’s” Board (Grid-mapped view).  The idea is users can develop their plans by creating different ideal situations/goals to which they can add one or many SMART plans… All of whcih can receive inline feedback from authorised mentors:

Mentors view of mentees board
figure 2: Mentors view of mentees board (Grid-mapped view) – where inline feedback on artefacts can be given by mentors

Although the prototype attempts to capture the minimum “background” information a mentor might need from a student by including a “Current Situation” description section and a Values inventory, from feedback on the tool already received it is clear the chief selling point is the structure provided to the student and mentor to model the thinking and planning process for future events – and receive inline feedback. For example, this overarching student planning board encompasses achieving course success and career planning: https://my.pplan.xyz/board/grid-mapped-view/14/

This board is more focused only supporting the internship placement: https://my.pplan.xyz/board/grid-mapped-view/5/

(NOTE: these are “view only” links – you need to setup a pPlan account to use tool)

Figure 3 below is an administrator view displaying some of the tools backend administration.  The tool has been built using the python Django webframework and is hosted securely in the cloud.

pPlan Administration
Figure 3: pPlan Administrator portal

Figure 4 below is a site map showing most of the pages the inter relationships

Figure4: Site map of the pPlan prototype

To be clear this is a prototype tool being beta tested online now (August & September 2018).  So feedback is welcome and will be useful in helping to decide future development.

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