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Create a Space to Work In

Where will you track your progress?

A DIY education is no small undertaking. Your plan deserves a space to be mapped out and shared with others.

Here are examples of people who have created a space the web to track their plan:

Pippa Buchanan:

Weezie Yancel-Siegel:

Wendy Dunst:

Devin Fraze:

Create a space on the web to work in and share it. Start a blog like Pippa or add a page to your website like Devin. You can Hack P2PU like Wendy to map a plan others can copy and and customize. Or you can build a whole site around your plan like Weezie.

Not sure where to start? The DIY U mentors are here to help! We're web savvy folks.

Task Discussion

  • queerpedagogue said:

    I created a page for my personal learning plan here on my website:

    I will update the plan as needed, and blog about the process as well.

    on Feb. 1, 2013, 1:46 p.m.
  • Alan WiIliams said:

    Hi, I think the best way for me to do this is by recording voice "memos".  I will also put most of my stuff up on a folder on google docs.  Regarding the voice thing, does anyone know of a good audioblog site (if such exists)?

    on Sept. 22, 2012, 7:39 a.m.
  • LearningChicka said:

    Currently, between myself and some friends/colleagues/acquaintances; we host a private server that allows us to develop and tune our code, design, project ideas, and otherwise. I've posted a more precise plan there and encouraged the rest to do so, add thoughts, and share.

    on Sept. 22, 2012, 7:28 a.m.
  • Jess Lance said:

    As noted with previous links I've given, I have a free wordpress blog I started last year when first perusing through DIY U sites and ideas.



    It will follow me through again.

    on Aug. 11, 2012, 10:47 p.m.
  • Anonym said:

    I created a blog a while ago to express my thoughts about life but never went through with it. I will try to use it now to document and share my experiences.

    Here it is: The Quest for Meaning

    on June 5, 2012, 4:16 p.m.
  • Stephen Wheeler said:

    I decided to build a website around my plan.

    First of all, I thought it would be fun, second, I have the skills, and thirdly, Wordpress makes it really easy to achieve - I’d certainly recommend giving it a go.

    You can check it out at: Visible Darkness

    The name comes from Milton - it took me ages to come up with a name that was meaningful and pretentious in equal measure.

    on May 3, 2012, 4:19 p.m.

    Corbin Tarrant said:

    That is some nice work, I like how you have laid everything out, and I like the tab for the embedded learning mindmap, I also have my Open Learning curriculum mindmap that I created with but I like your idea of having a section of the site devoted to it since it is such a useful tool for organization! 

    I have just finished putting together a "Guide to Open Learning" to help organize everything I have learned so far and share it with others. I have it up at:

    on May 17, 2012, 3:28 p.m. in reply to Stephen Wheeler
  • Christopher Crawford said:

    Here is a list I made of resources to explore over the summer, over the next couple of weeks I will contact candidates for local office & attend the Campaign School weekend workshop.  I will try to add reader responses, summaries, and further questions to explore to my Open Education Portfolio 

    on April 30, 2012, 4:15 a.m.
  • Corbin Tarrant said:

    I will be posting a weekly blog update on Sunday's about my open learning progress here: . I have setup a personal open learning curriculum mindmap here: that I have set as my browsers homepage to keep my focus and continue to make progress.

    EDIT: Here is my first blog post - Open Learning Curriculum: Week 1

    on Feb. 23, 2012, 1:59 p.m.
  • Charles Thomas said:

    Okay, hello world!  And here's my blog and first blog post.

    on Feb. 22, 2012, 12:04 p.m.

    Corbin Tarrant said:

    Hi Charles,

    Is this your first time having a blog or website before? I see you are looking at the School Of Webcraft. I just went through that myself, although it was a bit of review for me. I have a degree in Computer Information Systems as well. If you ever have any questions I would love to help.

    on Feb. 23, 2012, 2:04 p.m. in reply to Charles Thomas

    Charles Thomas said:

    Hello Corbin,

    Yea, this is my first time doing both.  Thanks for the offer and I will gladly take you up on it!  I'm looking forward to working my way through the School of Webcraft.  Would you be amendable to me refering to you as my mentor?  I'm working on the Build a Personal Learning Plan and need a mentor to contiune, further I was completely impressed with your Mind42 page, and am already trying to figure out how best to copy and paste it as my learning plan!  As such, your already kinda doing the job. 

    Again thanks for the offer of assistance, and I will contact you when I'm stuck, which hopefully wont be too many times.smiley

    on Feb. 24, 2012, 9:21 a.m. in reply to Corbin Tarrant

    Corbin Tarrant said:

    I don't have a problem being your mentor. I'm glad to help all I can smiley

    on Feb. 24, 2012, 12:41 p.m. in reply to Charles Thomas

    AJC said:

    I feel like Corbin's plan has a lot of attraction and many folks would want to follow it! Perhaps you two can follow in Leah's footsteps and create a challenge on P2PU that has all the steps in it:

    on Feb. 29, 2012, 8:42 p.m. in reply to Corbin Tarrant

    Leah MacVie said:

    I completely agree. Corbin it seems like you'd have a lot to share in this area and even sharing your exploration (like I did...I'm definitely not an expert on badges) would help people a great deal in figuring out the first steps in their journey. :)

    on Feb. 29, 2012, 10:27 p.m. in reply to AJC

    Corbin Tarrant said:

    Thanks for the suggestions Alison & Leah. I will definitely look into creating a challange after I have a better idea of what I'm doing. I'm still in the process of learning and redefining right now. I just wrote my second  Open Learning Curriculum: Week 2 blog post. I also just discovered that this week, starting tomorrow, is Open Education Week! This is sponsored by the OpenCourseWare Consortium and there are all sorts of free webinars scheduled this week! 

    on March 4, 2012, 8:27 p.m. in reply to Charles Thomas
  • Leah MacVie said:


    Well, I've been concentrating on some self-study topics on my blog for a few years now. However, I want to flip that site into more of a 'service' site when I post topics that can help others. I thought I would try 'hacking' P2PU to set up private study groups that can help me keep track of my learning. In the end I would publish some sort of PDF that can go on my blog to help others, possibly linked to the P2PU group. 

    I was very grateful to Alison for her video that sparked this thought process and this post:

    on Feb. 14, 2012, 7:44 a.m.

    Leah MacVie said:

    Note: There no longer is an 'other' option when creating a group. Now we only have the option of doing a 'study group', 'course', or 'challenge'. I selected challenge and followed the directions accordingly to plug in 'personal learning plan'. 

    on Feb. 14, 2012, 7:50 a.m. in reply to Leah MacVie

    Leah MacVie said:

    Here is the link to my open badges personal challenge:

    I am building out a task here here every day. 

    on Feb. 15, 2012, 7:56 a.m. in reply to Leah MacVie

    AJC said:

    Thanks for the catch! I'll update the screencast.

    BTW - awesome use of challenge model for this type of task-tracking!

    on Feb. 15, 2012, 9:55 p.m. in reply to Leah MacVie
  • AJC said:

    I created a website where I have a blog and pages for my learning syllabus and portfolio. (I used, they do free hosting, but I paid for a silly domain name. Wordpress is a better option because it's free & open source. There are lots of free web-making tool out there for those of us who aren't so savvy.) Check it out!

    I like this because it's a fancy way to show my work.

    I also tested P2PU's group feature to see if it would work well for task tracking:

    I like this because I have put a lot of work into this learning plan. I know there are others out there who want to learn this too. Wouldn't it be cool if they found this, cloned it (you can clone/copy any course or challenge on P2PU and customize it), modified it to their needs and started learning with it? Also, it allows me to make tasks, something I haven't been able to build into my little site.

    on Feb. 1, 2012, 1:38 a.m.