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Evaluating GraysNet: an online PDP tool for use in an art and design context.

Malins, Julian; McKillop, Chris


Julian Malins

Chris McKillop


Personal development planning (PDP) is a phrase that encompasses a number of activities including reflecting on learning, recording of achievement and career planning. Embedding these activities is a goal widely shared across HE, but strategies for achieving it vary widely. This paper provides an overview of some of these strategies including online web-based tools developed to facilitate the PDP process. The paper describes an ADC-LTSN funded research project which evaluated a PDP system embedded within a managed learning environment specifically developed to support teaching and learning in an art and design context. The evaluation has resulted in a reappraisal of the way in which PDP can be supported online and makes recommendations for future developments in this rapidly developing field.


MALINS, J. and McKILLOP, C. 2005. Evaluating GraysNet: an online PDP tool for use in an art and design context. Art, design and communication in higher education [online], 4(1), pages 31-48. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 30, 2005
Online Publication Date Sep 30, 2005
Publication Date Sep 30, 2005
Deposit Date May 18, 2011
Publicly Available Date May 18, 2011
Journal Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education
Print ISSN 1474-273X
Electronic ISSN 2040-0896
Publisher Intellect
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 1
Pages 31-48
Keywords Personal development planning (PDP); Reflection; Online web based tools; Constructivist approach; Managed learning environment
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