Self-directed Learning Personal autonomy Manage your learning Independent learning outside formal institutions Lifelong learning
Study Cases Thess rarely reads her emails so she doesn’t have update information about what is going on in the group. She always calls other members for updates and relies on what they tell herWhat can Thess do to become a moreindependent learner?
Saheed is good at studying on his own. He knows there are some online tools he could use to support his learning but he finds learning how to use them a waste of timeWhat personal barriers does he havetowards lifelong learning?
Ann has a study timetable and does her best to keep it. However, she feels overwhelmed with the revision of topics. She wishes she had an instructor to teach her those topicsHow self-directed is Ann? What would yousuggest her to do?
Joel is very focused with his exam preparation but he constantly needs someone else to tell him what to do. He is always asking what to do.What would you advise Joel to do tobecome a self-directed learner?
DDisorientation Stage E E Confusion, tension, anxiety R Search for immediate solutions causes more confusion Naming the source of confusion key to move to the next stage
DExploration E E Solutions are tried out R Relaxation with the unresolved issue Reaching a ‘saturation point’ indicator of moving to next stage
DReorientation E E Reflection of effective learning activities R Acknowledgment of learner’s responsibility in the learning process Sharing learning insights key indicator to transition to next stage
DEquilibrium E E Consolidating acquired knowledge R Elaborating, refining & applying new perspective to other ideas New activities eventually lead to new Disorientation Stage as a new learning cycle starts
Coping with the Learning Cycle Disorientation Stage Exploration Stage • Learn to deal with ambiguity •Assess pros & cons of solutions • Be flexible to proposed solutions •Be receptive to solution • Identify sources of confusion •Be tolerant with constant stage Reorientation Stage Equilibrium •Have a critical attitude • Brainstorm effective changes •Embrace your role as a learner • Be ready to try out new ideas •Provide constructive feedback • Welcome change