Top 3 Self Directed Learning Activities

Everyone sure is interested in self directed learning these days. In truth, while working out a model for this that clinically works in the general science of training is a challenge not yet completely overcome, people have been self taught for quite a long time. Self-taught people of this sort are known as autodidacts, and it’s often an admired quality for obvious reasons. What self directed learning activities did they use to become capable and successful at self teaching?

Not Like Anything Else:

Just like this model, such as it is for now, is completely unlike any other teaching and learning model in existence, so is the situation with popular activities which you can do to facilitate it.

Where different topics of training, especially in a social atmosphere, have a number of games and other practices which build the right kinds of critical thinking and teamwork initiatives needed, this model has, for now, no such set.

While specific models like gamification, flipped classrooms and organizational learning have some subject-independent activities that also complement them in similar ways, as well as improve the making avail of all those models have to offer, this one once more has no such set of mutually agreed upon things to use.

Is This a Problem:

Yeah, it’s a big problem in fact. If you don’t know what practices beyond the basic model, are going to help cement and further the adoption of the ideas being trained upon, then it’s right back to that classroom ineffectiveness these new alternate models are intended to resolve.

So, what I’ll do is recommend, based on known practices autodidacts engage in to help their thought processes, which work well as possible fleshed out self directed learning activities you can apply to this burgeoning new training model.

Know that these are theoretical!

#1 – Deductive Reasoning Exercises

Identifying all the related causes and effects of a scenario are very crucial learning capabilities, especially if one wants to learn their own way with minimal guidance. Converting this deductive reasoning exercise into a bit of a puzzle setup individuals or teams could work through in a hybrid model would be quite effective.

#2 – Refinement Exercises

The ability to look at a system or design, and spot where changes, additions or removals would improve its ability to serve the purpose given to it is another critical thinking skill important in independent learning.

Part of the benefit of self learning is the ability to come to one’s own conclusions about the facts and how they measure up, aside from things clearly just being how they are no matter what.

Again, this would probably work as a puzzle exercise like “build this model with the minimal pieces” or something similar. It’d be kind of fun, too.

#3 – Debating

Yeah, this is a social activity, but just because you’re using self directed learning as the model doesn’t mean that you can’t have the individuals interact from time to time. Not doing so would be negligent. So, debates, which ask people to challenge the conclusions of others, and themselves, as well as using critical thinking to back claims and debunk others is very important.

If nothing else, this can be a self debate, with the individuals being given two opposing views, which they must debate internally, come to a conclusion, and outline how they came to it.

These are probably the best self directed learning activities you could come up with, at least until this model matures. Notice it’s all about critical thinking.

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Jason Silberman
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