The Self-Directed Distance Learner

In self-directed learning, individuals formulate their own learning requirements; establish personal learning goals, while recognizing appropriate resources and strategies; understand their own particular learning styles; and, through evaluation, determine whether they achieved their learning goals. This is especially true of adult learners. Since the development of the Internet, information-gathering and -learning is at our fingertips. Both children and adults can search for answers to any questions they might have about any topic. Of course, the search results, which are based on keyword searchability, might themselves be considered pre-established directives—phantom teachers, so to speak. Furthermore, although the initial search results might be the most popular, they are not necessarily the most accurate. Nevertheless, the Internet is a learning resource that all students, self-directed or not, have become dependent on for guidance. Learn More >>

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