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Definition: Learning Log
Learning log is a management tool which uses prior experiences to gain knowledge and aid learning at the workplace. The main merit of a learning log is that it is a combination of an assessment as well as a reflective tool.
For example, if an employee records 5 situations in detail in the learning log with comments, later on, while working under similar situations he/she can reflect on those situations, enabling him/her to take a better decision the next time. Evidently, these can also be used in performance appraisal by managers for assessment.
Contents of a usual learning log include:
List of work done and time spent on each activity
Explanation of the underlying cause and process of the activity
The reflection part involves an audit accompanied by a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, threat) analysis of the situation and a skill analysis of the employee. For future activity, objectives are then set (SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) based on the assessment. Usually actions plan are also included in the learning log itself. The whole process of reflective learning is said to be based on the learning cycle proposed by Kolbe and shown beside.