Self Directed Learning – Key Points and Resources

After wrapping up the first 2 weeks of the PIDP 3250 course I wanted to add a post summarizing the forum that was facilitated and the great resources that came from the discussions:

KEY POINTS

  • Heutagogy is the study of self-determined learning.  It involves the process of learning content, as well as learning how to learn.
  • Self-directed learning can be intimidating for incoming students.  An instructor may encounter resistance when first introducing self-directed activities.
  • Assessing students needs through the use of conversation and questions may help in engaging each student.
  • To foster a self-directed learning environment, the instructor should create a safe, positive environment that includes encouragement and quality, timely feedback.
  • Informal assessments, such as muddiest point may help gauge student comprehension, interest and engagement of a subject.
  • There are four recognized facets to becoming a self-directed learner:
    • self-motivation
    • self-management
    • self-modification
    • self-monitoring
  • Helping students learn to be organized, prioritize tasks and manage their time may increase confidence, leading to an increase in self-direction.
  • Intrinsic and Extrinsic motivators may be directly linked to the self-directedness of students.
  • There are varying degrees of self-directedness that are determined by our current circumstances, past experiences, available time and existing knowledge of the topic.
  • Keep a few extra learning activities in your back pocket in case a lesson is not going as well as you had hoped.  This allows you to be flexible.

KEY RESOURCES

Articles

Teaching Learners to be Self-Directed

Self-Directed Learning:  A Four Step Process

SDL Introduction

Adult Learning

A Primer In Heutagogy And Self-Directed Learning

Techniques for Active Learning

Teaching Learners to Be Self-Directed

Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning

Becoming a Self-Directed Learner

Teaching Students to be Self-Directed

Motivation, Engagement and Student Voice

Audio

The Flipped Classroom Will Redefine the Role of Educators

Books

Heutagogy: An alternative practice based learning approach.

  • Bhoyrub, J., Hurley, J., Neilson, G. R., Ramsay, M., & Smith, M. (2010). Heutagogy: An alternative practice based learning approach. Nurse Education in Practice, 10, 322-326. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2010.05.001.

Student engagement techniques: A handbook for college faculty

  • Barkley, E.F. (2010). Student engagement techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Videos

Dan Meyer:  Math Class Needs a Makeover

Welcome Heutagogy – Stewart Hase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YW0zKWHAJkc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yWRXVHQCQCY

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One thought on “Self Directed Learning – Key Points and Resources

  1. Thanks for the great resource and summary. You have added to my treasure trove! Raema On 5/18/2014 3:58 PM, The future of e-Learning and technology in the classroom wrote: > WordPress.com > amberd27 posted: “After wrapping up the first 2 weeks of the PIDP 3250 > course I wanted to add a post summarizing the forum that was > facilitated and the great resources that came from the discussions:KEY > POINTSHeutagogy is the study of self-determined learning. It involves” >

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