Though all university courses ask students to apply independent learning strategies, online learning requires an even higher level of self-directed learning skill.
Many students have experience in teacher-directed classrooms. In these classrooms, the teacher is the central figure, and the students take direction about what to learn directly from the instructor. In these environments, students might spend time taking notes on an instructor’s lecture, and might focus much of their learning time on memorizing concepts in preparation for recalling them on an exam.
Online university courses are different. The instructor is no longer the central figure in the learning environment. You, the student, become the central actor in your own learning journey. As you undertake this journey, you are supported by your community of fellow students. Your instructor serves as your guide, using their knowledge and experience to direct you to learning experiences that will lead you to your learning goals.
As you begin the workshop, reflect on your current self-directed learning skills. The quiz below will help you to get started. Complete the quiz before continuing on in the workshop below. If you are unable to view or complete the quiz, please access this activity in an alternative format.