Preparing Students for Self-Directed Learning

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Preparing Students for Self-Directed Learning

Author:Scott Jill

The purpose of this mini-course is to explore ways instructional designers and instructors can enhance the skills learners need for successful self-directed learning.

As we progress into the 21st century, individuals will be required to know how to learn. Individuals, both students and workers, will be required to identify a problem, research potential solutions, and solve problems. Individuals in the 21st century will be required to build and use knowledge. The growth of the Internet and the ever changing capacity of computers puts knowledge at the finger tips of all individuals. The challenge, however, is how to independently access the knowledge and learn new skills. This is the essence of self-directed learning.

Self-directed learning is a process in which the individual assumes control over key aspects learning. In a self-directed learning environment, an individual would take responsibility for determining what is learned, how it is learned, when it is learned, and if it is learned. Computer-based applications and distance learning lend themselves as self-directed learning opportunities for individuals to access new knowledge and learn new skills. The reality is that some individuals are able to independently access the information while others cannot.

Understanding the characteristics of self-directed learning will provide instructional designers and instructors insight into how we can foster the skills needed for successful self-directed learning and how we can prepare learners for the 21st century.

Before We Begin

Embedded in each of the units is an opportunity for mini-course participants to respond to various questions. In an effort to share your insight with others who may complete this mini-course, please use the "discussion" tab to post your responses.

Unit 1: Setting the Stage

In this unit, participants will be introduced to the issues surrounding self-directed learning and review the goals and objectives for the mini course.

Bd21300 .gifThe Tale of Two Students Page 1

Bd21300 .gifMini-course Overview Page 2

Unit 2: Self-Directed Learning: A Self-Reflection

In this unit, participnts will complete a self-rating survey of self-directed learning and assess their readiness to engage in self-directed study.

Bd21300 .gifAre You Ready for Self-Directed Learning Page 3

Bd21300 .gifScoring Page 4

Bd21300 .gifAnalysis Page 5

Unit 3: The Foundation of Self-Directed Learning

In this unit, participants will be exposed to the latest research on self-directed learning.

Bd21300 .gifThe Foundation of Self-Directed Learning Page 6

Unit 4: Putting it to Practice

In this unit, participants will have an opportunity to connect theory to practice.

Bd21300 .gifWhat Can We Do? Page 7

Bd21300 .gifTeacher Strategies Page 8

Bd21300 .gifSelf Reflection Page 9

Additonal Information

Bd21300 .gifResources and Bibliography Page 10

Bd21300 .gifGo to the Portfolio Design Page[[1]]

If you have any questions or comments concerning this mini-course, please contact Scott Jill via email at