What a concept……do it yourself learning! Not really – we do it everyday when we face a new experience or activity. That said, for adult learners there are a few considerations that will enhance a situation where they are in a self directed learning environment. It isn’t just the channel where information flows – demonstrated by my home grown diagram above, rather it is the structure, which can be self managed that will enhance the learning outcomes. I was looking at an article from the University of Waterloo about the Self directed learning four step process.
They touch on a template for activity that includes:
- Being ready to learn.
- Setting learning goals.
- Engaging in the learning process.
- Evaluating learning.
The author observes that successful outcomes are supported by both the student and the instructor subscribing to specific responsibilities.
In another article about Self Directed learning by K. Cercone, the following observation is made:
Cercone observes that the educational environment needs to be designed to meet the needs of the adult learner. The article explores adult learning theories along with the development of on-line courses and the importance of incorporating a a social element in the on-line learning experience. I see the blog assignment in 3100 as aligning with the social side of the educational experience. One of our assignments is to work with a partner and develop a blog post specific to trends in adult education — this bring an offline and an online connection as part of the learning experience. The article linked above is an interesting, relevant read.