The Learning Autobiography

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The Learning Autobiography

  1. 1. The Learning Autobiography What do you know about yourself?
  2. 2. Learning Autobiographies (LABs) <ul><li>LABs provide opportunities for you to demonstrate your writing abilities, and for them to be assessed. </li></ul><ul><li>You get to reflect on and evaluate your prior learning experiences, significant people and/or events in your life, and your goals, values and philosophy. </li></ul><ul><li>LABs help you to plan your future academic endeavors. </li></ul><ul><li>LABs begin the relationship between you and Ottawa University by building confidence, trust and mutual respect. </li></ul>
  3. 3. LAB Topics <ul><li>#1 Formal and Informal Education </li></ul><ul><li>#2 Significant People and Significant Events </li></ul><ul><li>#3 Future Goals, Philosophy, Values and Obstacles </li></ul>
  4. 4. Just The Basics <ul><li>Lab #1 – You will be discussing your informal and formal learning experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Lab #2 – You will be discussing significant people or events in your life. </li></ul><ul><li>Lab #3 – You will be discussing your goals and values and your philosophy of life and relate this information to your quest for higher education here at Ottawa University. </li></ul><ul><li>(Additional details will be provided for each LAB) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Suggestions <ul><li>Use a timeline of events and people to get you started in thinking about your past. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss “what”, “why” and the result of events. </li></ul><ul><li>Key words – choose, describe and reflect. In other words, choose a topic, describe it, reflect on it… Then write about it. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Components or Main Headings <ul><li>Introduction - Introduce your subject and provide the reader with a general idea of what the essay will cover. </li></ul><ul><li>Body of Literature or Middle Section Headings - Provide one or more main headings that relate to the topics you are discussing. Tell a brief story in this section. </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion – Summarize and stress your key points but avoid repeating earlier points word for word. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Benefits of LABS <ul><li>Through reflection of your… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>learning experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>significant people and/or events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and your goals and philosophies, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You’ll be able to understand… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what’s important to you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>who you can look to as a role model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what your goals are and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what obstacles you may face. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Having clarity on your past and understanding what you value will help you to better plan your future.

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