Self-directed learning (SDL), where students take responsibility for their own learning, is an essential requirement for students within the 21st century context. This massive open online course (MOOC) provides a short introduction to SDL for faculty and facilitators in the higher education context. This MOOC covers the basic theoretical foundations of SDL. In addition, the typical characteristics of an SDL learner and the way in which a learner-centred and SDL-oriented learning context can be created are explored. On a more practical level, the MOOC focusses on the affordances of strategies such as cooperative learning, problem-based learning and play-based learning for SDL. Finally, the MOOC concludes with a section on the role of assessment to promote SDL throughout the learning process.
This MOOC entails a free, four-week course offered by the Commonwealth of Learning in collaboration with the Research Unit Self-Directed Learning from North-West University, South Africa and this is open to anyone, anywhere, and is mobile-friendly. The focus is specifically on faculty and facilitators in higher education institutions.
After completion of this course, you are expected to be able to:
A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants who complete the following:
A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who complete the following: