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Thursday, June 23 • 16:10 - 17:00
CON09.04 - Teaching Through Learning: Answering to Students’ Voices on Self-Directed Learning

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Self-directed learning (SDL) is a pedagogical approach valued for increasing students’ awareness of their learning styles and developing lifelong and social learning skills while addressing different learner needs (Brookfield, 2009; Boyer, 2014). We developed a course-based online survey to explore second-year nutrition students’ views on SDL. The findings will guide course re-design to foster greater student preparedness for SDL and engagement in their learning early in academic programs. Listen to students’ voices on what SDL means to them, how they have experienced it, and how they envision its usefulness in lifelong learning. For context, these findings will be compared to previous SDL findings from fourth-year nutrition students (Hammond and Verwood, 2015). In this session you will explore existing definitions of SDL, develop your own working definition, discuss how the research findings can integrate with your own practice, and share the benefits and challenges of incorporating SDL into course design.

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Alice Cassidy

Principal, In View Education and Professional Development
Alice Cassidy is an educational developer, science educator and wildlife biologist. She has designed, taught and coordinated courses at the University of British Columbia, and led large-scale educational programs. As a consultant, she leads workshops on teaching and learning. She... Read More →
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Gail Hammond

UBC, Food, Nutrition & Health
Gail Hammond is a Lecturer in the Food, Nutrition & Health program, Faculty of Land & Food Systems at the University of British Columbia.
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Roselynn Verwoord

University of Victoria

Additional Authors

Patrick Dubois

Patrick Dubois is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and a Graduate Research Assistant at the UBC Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology.

Thursday June 23, 2016 16:10 - 17:00 EDT
UCC 56