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    • What is Learn

      What is ‘Learn’?

      • If you click on ‘Learn’ in the navigation bar, you will find an overview of the formal courses and their modules available on the Academy
      • You will find a mixture of internally and externally run modules that have been specially picked for their relevance in improving programming quality
      • What is Connect?

        What is ‘Connect’?

        • The purpose of the ‘Connect’-feature is to enable people to learn from the knowledge and experience of others
        • Learners can share ideas with each other using our online forum to reach out to others
        • By connecting people, learners will be able to build relationships and benefit from global interaction
        • What is Discover?

          What is ‘Discover’?

          • The ‘Discover’-feature will provide you with additional resources to deepen your knowledge of effective CCCD-programming
          • It will highlight resources that are new or have not been previously available and include those about current ‘hot issues’
          • Resources will be available to everyone– promoting the sharing of resources throughout Plan and across organisations who are active in the development sector
          • What is CCCD?

            What is ‘CCCD’?

            • CCCD stands for Child Centred Community Development, which is Plan’s leading approach when striving for positive change. This means that whatever Plan does, children will always be at the centre of their actions. Plan works with children, their families, local communities and governments to bring about positive change
            • What is the difference between a course and a module?

              What is the difference between a course and a module?

              • One course is made up of a number of different related modules
              • Learners sign up for each module within a course separately when they are in a position to undertake them
              • For some Courses it is required that all modules are completed in order, Learners will therefore enrol on the course rather than the individual modules

              What is the difference between ‘internal’ and ‘external’ modules?

              • Internal courses and modules are those that have been designed specifically by Plan;
              • External courses are offered by globally recognised partner organisations (including LINGOs – Learning In NGOs, HREA – Human Rights Education Associates, and the Coady International Institute)
              • What is the difference between Plan Academy and learnatplan?

                What is the difference between Plan Academy and Learn at Plan?

                • Plan International has two learning platforms available to Plan Staff.This is the Plan Academy (where you currently are) which focuses on improving programme competences using a blended learning approach.Plan Academy is open to the public and has three areas to explore, Learn (our modules and courses), Connect (forums) and Discover (a resource library).

                  Learn at Plan is a platform that is only accessible to Plan Staff. It contains a range of courses that cover Leadership & Personal Development, Language Development, ChildData/HRIS and many more, all of which you can self enrol on.It is also home to the Plan Certificate in Management, Passport to Success and our talent management development programmes e.g. Emerging Leaders High Potential Programme

                  If you have a Plan email address you can create you account for Learn at Plan on this link. Please note that your password for the Plan Academy and Learn at Plan are not linked but can be the same.

                • What is blended learning?

                  What is ‘blended learning’?

                  • Blended learning is a learning approach where online learning gets combined with different learning methods. In the Plan Academy for example, online learning gets combined with face-to-face, online cohorts or self directed learning. So when you would sign up for a face-to-face delivered module, this means you would do online preparatory exercises that precede the face-to-face workshop. Then, after the workshop, you would have to complete some online activities to finish the module successfully.
                  • The Plan Academy chooses a blended learning approach rather than a regular ‘training’ approach to maximise the impact on real job performance. A blended learning approach creates the opportunity to literally combine your work and your learning over a longer period of time, which gives you as a learner the possibility to immediately integrate what you have learned in your work experience and – at the same time – reflect on what you’ve learned through interaction with other participants. Moreover, blended learning provides learners with an increased flexibility and accessibility when it comes down to on-the-job-learning. You decide where and when you prepare for the webinars or workshops.
                  • What is the difference between the 'face-to-face', 'online', 'self-directed' and 'offline' approaches to the courses and modules?

                    What is the difference between the 'face-to-face', 'online', 'self-directed' and 'offline' approaches to the courses and modules?

                    • Each of the approaches for the courses and modules follow a blended learning approach, which means they all involve online activities
                    • The face-to-face approach has an emphasis on learning in a facilitated workshop environment, however it will still incorporate elements of online and self-directed study
                    • The online approach has an emphasis on facilitated online learning through interactive webinars
                    • The self-directed approach will appeal to learners who already are experienced in independent learning and who already have a significant level of competence with the course content. Therefore, they can navigate through the blended learning process at their own pace, whilst still making use of opportunities for some online collaboration and tools from the resource centre within the Academy
                    • The offline approach is for people who have limited or no internet access. By providing them with offline learning materials, we try to make learning possible for everyone, whether you have an internet connection or not
                    • Learners will usually have the choice over which approach they wish to undertake for each module. Note that, for some modules, the choice may be limited if a particular approach is unlikely to be effective for the given subject matter
                    • What languages are the courses and modules available in?

                      What languages are the courses and modules available in?

                      • Most of the courses will be available in English, French and Spanish
                      • The only exceptions will be the modules offered by partner organisations, some of which may only be available in English – these will be clearly stated on the course descriptions
                      • Modules are being translated into other languages where sufficient demand exists to justify the cost
                      • Who are the courses and modules for and why should I bother finding out more or signing up?

                        Who are the courses and modules for and why should I bother finding out more or signing up?

                        • The courses and modules are for anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge and skills pertaining to the development of children and communities
                        • Courses and modules will give you formal accreditation to evidence knowledge and skills (competency).
                        • You could become a recognised Academy facilitator
                        • How do learners sign up for modules?

                          How do learners sign up for modules?

                          Click here to visit the how to enrol in a course information including a tutorial video.

                          • Some modules are available to start immediately - look for the small symbol highlighted below. In this example, Child Protection in Emergencies will need approval before you can start, but you can enrol in Education in Emergencies and start straight example of self enrol course symbol
                          • Most modules will require learners to complete the Learner Manager Agreement look out for the button below to see which modules are open to enrolment.

                          Apply for the course button

                          Click here to find out how to upload your Learner Manager Agreement

                          • Who will run the courses and modules?

                            Who will run the courses and modules?

                            • Courses and modules will be facilitated by subject matter specialists from within Plan and from partner organisations


                            • How long will modules take to complete?

                              How long will modules take to complete?

                              • Each module will expect a commitment of about six hours a week from learners
                              • Learners should discuss the course relevance and the learning path with their supervisors before both agree to the learner signing-up for the course
                              • Actual course length will vary between courses and the approach taken to complete it (face-to-face, online or self-directed)
                              • What is the assessment process?

                                Aside from the DRM courses and a few self directed modules, Plan Academy course require you to complete an assessment form with your manager/supervisor. Here are some examples of good assessment forms from previous learners:

                              • What will the Academy accreditation mean?

                                What will the Academy accreditation mean?

                                • Courses will conclude with an assessment and successful participants will receive a certificate
                                • This formal accreditation means you will have evidence of your continuing professional development
                                • External accreditation is currently being investigated
                                • Email us at to find out more information.
                                • Do I need to have high quality internet access?

                                  Do I need to have high quality internet access?

                                  • Internet access will be required to access the Academy website and sign-up for courses and modules; however,  the Academy courses and tools have been designed to operate in areas of low bandwidth
                                  • Thanks to the offline courses, it is now no longer required to have internet access at all times. Those who have limited internet access, can follow one of these offline courses.
                                  • How will learning be monitored and tracked?

                                    How will learning be monitored and tracked?

                                    • Academy courses will be delivered through Moodle, our learning Management System, allowing us to track learner progress through courses, gather feedback and record assessment results