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{{unknown}} Several weeks ago, a research colleague asked if there was any discernable difference between self-regulated learning (SRL) and self-directed learning (SDL). It has just never occurred to me there was a noticeable difference in the terminology. I often assumed both terms were used loosely to describe the same thing. However, to my surprise, there is a clear and very distinct difference between SRL and SDL. In a conference presentation aptly titled Twins or Just Fri...
Last week, I looked at how language learners at an institution in Japan used a classroom as part of their self-directed goals. Since the classroom was arbitrarily selected as a place for self-directed learning, I was interested in learning if certain elements in that space made it conducive to autonomously learn. However, the author failed to highlight specific components of the classroom that encouraged participants to learn. The students simply used the classroom as a meeting place where they could gather their ideas and learn from students with similar learning and career objectives. I came...
I’ve read a lot about self-directed (or self-regulated) learning (SDL) recently and Virginia Ricard’s self-directed learning wheel still stands out to me. Ricard’s model argues that the learner should be the primary driver and central focus of the wheel. Facilitator(s), setting, and resources are all essential components of the wheel and ultimate learner success. Often neglected in the literature is the role of settings (i.e. physical learning spaces) in the SDL process. Institutions, especially in higher ed...
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I will be looking at previous and current research on how physical spaces support self-regulated learning at higher education institutions. Stay tuned......
A lot of the literature I’ve encountered on self-directed learning focuses predominantly on resources and outcomes. An area that is given little attention but warrants further discussion is the process in which individuals go about directing their own learning. Motivation (e.g., personal, financial, professional, etc.,) is the biggest reason individuals embark on a self-directed learning journey. However, what does the self-directed learning process look like you? How do learners map out the learning goals along the journey? How do they assess every stop on the journey? In her paper,
In my literature review on self-directed learning (SDL), the concept of self-regulated learning (SRL) comes up frequently and seems to share similarities with SDL. Further exploration about the relationships between these two concepts is important to better understand SDL. SRL focuses on learners' goal-setting, implementation of one’s learning goals and plans, metacognition, and self-assessment activities. While SDL shares similar characteristics, it also investigates how learning contexts interact with and shape these processes. 
Self-directed learning (SDL) is a fundamental concept in the field and practice of adult education. Although it was developed long before the rise of online learning environments, its emphasis on learner autonomy fits well with online learning that stresses flexibility for learners and instructors. Due to the increasingly popularity and ubiquity of online learning and its close association with the philosophy of SDL,
I’ve just completed several readings for the course. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed reading for class. Most of the readings I find enjoyable tend to be for leisure. The audio readings have been very enjoyable as well and have led me to question the difference between reading a book and listening to an audio version. According to this article, there is no huge difference, although there are people who would argue that there is “cheating” when you don’t read the book and simply ...
So far, I’ve completed the readings and engaged with the multimedia components to the course. There are many things I can appreciate from this topic, although there are also certain readings and lectures that I wished was presented in a different way since it I am not taking it in a traditional classroom.    This is my fi...