Self Directed Learning Symposium

by on May 14, 2009 in 2009-2011 with Comments Off


On November 21st, 2008, The Learning Enhancement Center hosted a symposium on the topic of Self-Directed Learning, in honor of the publication of a special issue of its newsletter, The Luminaria.

The range of topics demonstrated the broad scope of areas to which self-directed learning are applicable. These included discussions on the philosophy, psychology and biology of self-directedness, as well as teaching practices and curriculum development.


Dr. Richard Grallo delivers a terrific presentation on promoting self-directedness through questioning in a statistics course that he teaches.


Dr. Heide Hlawaty sits with the symposium’s keynote speaker, Dr. Monica Devenas of Rutgers University.


Dr. Clyde Griffin offers insight into the philosophical and pedagogical aspects of the self-directed learner.


Dr. Jaya Kannan, Title V LEC Director, poses the question, “Is Self Directedness Teachable?”


Lisa Bauer, LEC Math & Statistics Specialist, examines biological underpinnings mediating control beliefs.


Lou Acierno, Director of Academic Computing, demonstrates how advancements in technology can enable self-directed learning within a college community.


The toast of the day’s events was the enlightening and inspiring discussion by the student panel, facilitated by LEC’s Yasmine Alwan.

Lectures can be heard via downloadable podcasts.

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