Self directed learning is an educational model where the individual takes the initiative and responsibility for their own pursuit and development of knowledge.This theory is very closely associated with andragogy,and the expectations and experience that adults bring to the learning process. They want to know not only why they are studying a particular topic,but how and when learning strategies are implemented.This does not mean there is no input from an instructor,but the emphasis is always on the student self directing, organizing and evaluating their learning experience.Some intellectuals,such as M.Knowles ,advocate learning contracts, factoring in concepts such as diagnosing and formulating learning needs,identifying material resources,and implementing climate settings that encourage mutual respect.I feel self directed learning is a very positive environment that integrates well with online educational models,like Moocs.
After reading several articles on memory,intelligence ,and cognitive functionality,I’ve come to realize how important it is to create a positive and diverse learning environment.Through the study of the three part Tribune brain model,scientist have shown that emotion and feelings play just as big a role in learning,and memory retention, as does a persons rational. Feeling good about learning means you want to learn,and usually retain more information because of this.With the Hemispherical brain model,we know that the two halves of the brain perform markedly different functions.By understanding and catering to both sides of the brain,teaching effectiveness is maximized .Notable psychological theorists such as Cattell,(Fluid and Crystallized Intelligence Theory),and Howard Gardner,(seven types of intelligence),have illustrated the importance of understanding the wide spectrum of a students cognitive learning capacity.With the help of these and other learning models,I hope to continue to grow as an educationally effective instructor.
Motivation in the class room is a complex issue that instructors face everyday.We know motivated students are easier to teach,and if interested in learning,do, in fact, learn! Incentives for taking a particular course may be intrinsic,(internal,self -fulfillment, for the love of a subject,etc.) or extrinsic (outside influences,accomplishing a specific outcome or result,,such as promotion,or financial gain etc.).Ideally,a persons inspiration for achieving an academic task involves an amalgamation of both. As a teacher,showing the relevance and appeal of the course,being a role model,and setting realistic performance goals,will all facilitate class continuity.A variety of student active teaching formats, explaining course rational,and designing appropriately challenging assignments are all sound motivational strategies for maintaining students desire to participate in the process of learning.