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Self-directed learners are agents in their learning. They are curious and open to new ideas, take an active, informed, and positive role in organizing, managing, evaluating, and adapting their learning strategies to optimize performances. Join this collaborative strategy session on practical approaches to instructional design and learning environments that build self-direction in students. Also, take a look at how to assess students’ levels of self-direction to inform continuous improvement.

Session Learning Outcomes:

  1. Deepen your knowledge on what self-direction is and why it is important.
  2. Gain actionable, research-based insights into what it takes to build self-direction in your students in the context of your teaching assignment.
  3. Gain perspectives on how to assess self-direction in students and use that data to inform your practice.


  • Cheryl Lemke, Metiri Group