Learning Guide Unit 5OverviewUnit 5: Self-Directed LearningTopicsSelf-directed learningActive vs. passive learningSelf-determination theory: intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivationLearning ObjectivesBy the end of this Unit, you will be able to:1.Assess personal strengths and weaknesses in the learning process, andidentify personal strategies to become a more self-directed and life-long learner.2.Evaluate strategies for becoming a self-directed learner.3.Describe the difference between active vs. passive learning.4.Reflect on the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.5.Recognize and prepare basic APA citations and references.TasksPeer assess Unit 4 Written AssignmentRead the Learning Guide and the Reading AssignmentParticipate in the Discussion Assignment (post in, comment on, and ratethe Discussion Forum)Complete and submit the Written AssignmentComplete an entry in the Learning JournalTake the Self-Quiz
Learning Guide Unit 5OverviewIndependent Learning SkillsLast week, we focused on critical thinking skills. This week, we’re going to focus onindependent learning skills. Specifically, we’re going to examine self-directed learningand how it relates to active learning and motivation.Self-directed learning remains one of the most successful learning strategies astudent can use. Self-directed learners tend to be active learners who learn moreeffectively, retain more of what they learned, and transfer what they have learned tonew contexts. As an adult learner, you have probably already realized that learning isa lifelong process, so being able to learn more effectively will benefit you outside theclassroom, too.3 Rules to Spark Learning | Ramsey MusallamView3 Rules to Spark Learning. If needed, view3 Rules to Spark Learning Transcript[PDF].ReadImplications of motivational factors regarding the academic success of full-timeand distance learning undergraduate students: A Self-Determination Theory
perspective [PDF]to learn about the Self-Determination Theory, a useful tool forstudent's optimal performance helping to increase academic performance andmotivation.OverviewSelf Directed LearningA self-directed learner is someone who takes control of their learning process andtakes the initiative to learn. Self-directed learners do not wait for someone to directthem - instead, they recognize that they control what, how, and when they learn.Self-directed learners consistently seek out the opportunity to enrich themselvesthrough learning and are intrinsically motivated to learn.Self-Learning | Ryan LeeViewSelf-Learning. If needed, viewSelf-Learning Transcript [PDF].Learn about self directed learning by readings the following articles:Self-directed learning: A four-step process.