Self-Directed, Independent Learning
The goal of the self-directed and independent learning perspective is to optimize individual skills for becoming self-reliant, self-motivated, and life-long learners who value learning as an empowering activity of great personal and social worth.
To be designated as a Self-Directed and Independent Learning course, the course must provide instruction and proactive in the kinds of tasks demanded of a specific degree or to the job goals of the student that will be carried forward into their career.
Some examples of existing courses would be Student Teaching or a Cap-Stone Project.
Some of the questions to ask to determine whether the course might meet the Outcome are noted below:
- Can the study or the experience lend itself to publication?
- Are there criteria to measure what the student has learned?
- Does this study or experience lend itself to further independent study in its own field?
- Does this study or experience lend itself to further study in a related field?
- Does it lend itself to advanced study in one's field?