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Let’s Talk about Self-Directed Learning
12/06/2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Most community college students only know how to be taught; they have not learned how to learn. Community college students are often thrown into a web of courses with little direction and almost no experience in how to select an approach to learning. Self-directed learning, characterized by learner autonomy, critical reflection, and student engagement, is presented as a competency for higher education. Because of new developments in education, such as the use of information and communication technology and the development of hybrid and pure online courses, more responsibility is placed on learners to take action in their own learning. Students participating in the courses without learning the skills of self-directed learning have experienced anxiety, frustration, and often failure. Self-directed learning is now a survival tactic, a basic human competence, the ability to learn on one’s own. Self-directed learning is an ability that has become a pre-requisite for living in this new age. Hence, formal education has the duty to prepare its students for a life after graduation and this preparation must include the development of self-directed learning. The presentation discusses Staged Self-Directed Learning, how instructors can actively equip students to become more self-directed in their learning.