Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting a learning goal, part of Gaining Skills with LinkedIn Learning (2016).
- Let's start building a framework for learning by setting a learning goal. Now, there's a lot of ways that we can do this but a good goal should keep you on track, keep you focused, and help you reach the goal. In my own life, and with the students that I've taught, I've come to appreciate setting smart goals. Now SMART is an acronym for Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant and most important, Time Sensitive. Let's go ahead and walk through a couple of examples. And then we'll take some time to create our own goals for learning that we can build upon while using the LinkedIn learning website and its features.
For our first example, if I wanted to take better photos on a family vacation, I could simply state that my learning goal was to take better photos. Well, that goal however, doesn't really guide me to what I need to learn or even put parameters around the learning that needs to take place. For example, what is better? Why am I taking these photos? Instead, I could change my goal to be a SMART goal. I want to learn to take landscape photography photos before my family vacation to the Cascades. Okay, let's go ahead and run this through the SMART goal format.
It's specific because I've been able to identify the learning topic, landscape photography. It's measurable because I can compare prior landscape photos to new photos. Depending on when my vacation is, it should be attainable. And it's incredible relevant because the Cascade mountain range, a personal favorite of mine, has breathtaking scenery. Finally, it's time sensitive, and I can now structure some learning and make sure I'm ready to take these photos when the vacation comes. For another example, maybe I'm looking to open up my own business.
I could set the goal, learn to run a business. Well, okay, but how? What does that take? When do I know that I'm ready to give notice and strike out on my own. Instead, I could break this up into several SMART goals. My first goal could be to write a business plan by December. Second, I would need to understand business financial management and I should do that probably by February, and finally, what about learning to design a logo by March? As you can see, I'm not creating steps that are going to help me focus my learning and allow me to more quickly find the courses and content that will propel me towards my goal.
At this time, I would suggest that you pause the video and take a few minutes to write a few goals for yourself. Hopefully you were able to write down a specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time sensitive goal. I encourage you to reference your goals as we continue to move throughout this course and learn how to leverage LinkedIn learning.
- Finding the right skills to learn
- Making a learning game plan
- Knowing your learning style
- Making learning stick
- Adding certificates to your profile
Skill Level Beginner
What was changed when the course was updated 02//09/2017?
Updates were made to the following topics: malleable intelligence, setting a learning goal, active vs. passive learning, and joining the online conversation.