PPD Coach

Poster in London's Soho district

Poster in London’s Soho district

PPD in the UK stands for Personal and Professional Development, and is known widely too as Personal Development Planning (PDP). Alongside (or, depending on your institution, integrated within) the main subject of study it is the part of the curriculum in which students develop their capacities for metacognition, a term diversely interpreted to cover ‘thinking about thinking’, ‘learning how to learn’ self-awareness and self-efficacy. It is the area of study where students plan, review, monitor and advance their learning through all kinds of strategies, capacities and dispositions, and is closely associated with all forms of reflection.


Alison created a visual online resource, PPD Coach, over a three year period to provide a complementary collection of materials for staff and students to use in tandem with those already existing which concentrate on text-based reflection and skills. Since 2016 alas, the site has ceased to exist, as the Flash technology used to create it is no longer in use. It is worth keeping in memory, however, for addressing reflection through visual and multisensory approaches, as well as writing, with a focus on identity and self construction rather than skills enumeration, although the first can go hand in hand with the latter. Stephen and Alison talk about this in Engaging Imagination and the need for these alternative, multisensory approaches has not gone away in 2018.

PPD Coach

Update 2018: The above image is a visual of how the site looked, with its playful visual maze. it didn’t always look that pink! I was sad to see its demise as I loved how you could click on the items on the tree and find all kinds of resources to help students develop reflective skills – something that was never high on their agenda. You could also click on the post box and get a postcard, or on the newspaper or balloon for videos. Ah, those were the days…

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