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ERIC Number: ED509957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
A Preliminary Investigation of Self-Directed Learning Activities in a Non-Formal Blended Learning Environment
Schwier, Richard A.; Morrison, Dirk; Daniel, Ben K.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, Apr 2009)
This research considers how professional participants in a non-formal self-directed learning environment (NFSDL) made use of self-directed learning activities in a blended face-to-face and on line learning professional development course. The learning environment for the study was a professional development seminar on teaching in higher education that was offered to ten novice professors over the course of one academic year in a western Canadian research-intensive university. Autonomous activities were compared to on line and face-to-face social networking activities, and the effect of structure on the amount and type of self-directed engagement will be examined. We consider whether there is a need to adapt basic theory on formal virtual learning communities to understand self-directed learning and pedagogical practices in non-formal on line learning environments. (Contains 6 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Authoring Institution: N/A