Emerging Self-Directed Learning Strategies in the Digital Age

Emerging Self-Directed Learning Strategies in the Digital Age

Frank G. Giuseffi (Lindenwood University, USA)
Release Date: December, 2017|Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 257
ISBN13: 9781522534655|ISBN10: 1522534652|EISBN13: 9781522534662|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3465-5


Currently, society is becoming increasingly involved in self-directed learning for both intellectual and professional development. As such, it is imperative that both researchers and educational professionals update themselves on the current research on self-directed learning and how it has created a new culture of independence.

Emerging Self-Directed Learning Strategies in the Digital Age is a key resource for the latest research on the role of self-directed learning and how it is impacting society, educational professionals, and researchers in their day-to-day work. Featuring broad coverage among a variety of relevant views and themes, such as project based learning (PBL), student goal setting, and self-efficacy theory, this book is ideally designed for educational professionals working in the fields of teacher pedagogy, theory, instructional technology, and adult education, as well as academics and upper-level students looking for innovative research on one-to-one programs and learning analytics.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Adult Learning Theories
  • Blended Learning
  • Case-Based Learning (CBL)
  • E-Learning
  • Educational Technology
  • Project-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Self-Efficacy Theory
  • Student Goal-Setting

Reviews and Testimonials

This book is an impressive and successful endeavor to establish a link between self-directed learning and our current digital information age. As rightly perceived, effective self-directed techniques and strategies are the pillars of today’s technology-based learning. I strongly recommend this book for educators at different levels of teaching who incorporate digital learning in their classrooms or online using different learning management systems. It has the following strengths:

  • The book relates to the current generation of learners, who are on a large scale self-directed in their ways of learning than their predecessors.
  • It not only analyses the challenges related to online learning but also comes up with probable ways of addressing those challenges in an effective manner so as to reap the desired learning outcomes. It is a great resource for all educators at different levels of teaching to maximise their teaching effectiveness, providing with a variety of strategies, while planning, instructing, implementing and evaluating the online courses.
  • It starts with the setting up the stage for online learning and use of a calculator to monitor one’s learning; then it explores the role of adult learning theory and its importance, metacognition and knowledge transfer in a fast-changing educational canvas and finally from an educator’s perspective, this book encapsulates how it leads to the transformational shifts of knowledge and pedagogy through professional development and self-directed learning.

– Dr Prathiba Nagabhushan,St Mary MacKillop College & The Australian National University

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Frank Giuseffi is an Adjunct Instructor in the Doctor of Education Program at Lindenwood University. He holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Central Missouri, a master's degree in Liberal Arts from St. John's College and his doctorate in Education from Lindenwood University. His research interests include the history of education, philosophy of education and the relationship between classical thinking and 21st century education.