With the wide variety of inexpensive and free courses available on the internet, it's possible to create a learning path designed to achieve an end goal. But there are many more ways to learn than from traditional curriculum. There's mentoring and internships; job shadowing and deep dives into a new world; conversations and conferences, etc.
You need to know what you want to do with your education and what will indicate you are successful. Plans can be life long or start on a Monday and end on a Friday. They can be based on an immediate, known need or a curiosity.
And, as easy as it is to adopt a technical degree plan, it's not enough. Higher education is as much about learning how to think, how to live in this world and how to learn as it is technical skills.
Trained learning coaches (backgrounds in instruction, and/or coaching) will counsel learners to:
1. develop a desired end state
2. envision key objectives, including and extending beyond the simplest path
3. create flexible and extensible learning goals and set milestones
Once a personal plan is co-created, coaches will:
4. Guide and encourage learners on that path
5. Help learners assess and certify their learning through learning portfolios
6. Imagine sustainable, self-directed, life-long learning plans
One coach can handle approximately 15-20 learners in the counselling stage and 30-40 in the coaching stage. Counselling can be provided 1:1 using virtual communication or in face to face, in-person sessions, depending on the enabling environment.
The underlying objective in this is to co-create long term learning abilities.