Learner Development College and University Education Interactive poster session

The critical role of the teacher in the Self-Directed Learning (SDL) class

Sat, Jul 9, 16:00-16:40 Asia/Tokyo

Location: Posters

Teachers and students have pulled through two years of online learning, gaining new information and technological (ICT) skills, studying self-directed learning skills, and demonstrating an adaptability to sudden and unexpected change. When our post-pandemic world finally arrives, how will we have changed? Dewaele and Mercer (2018) examined teacher attitudes and the necessity of a high level of emotional intelligence (EI) and self-efficacy to connect with students. This human connection between teacher and student is critical in all modes of education, face-to-face, online, blended, hybrid, or hyflex. Martin’s (2013) research on student adaptability to uncertainty and novelty is useful in helping teachers guide, advise, coach, challenge, and believe in students. In this presentation, the presenters reflect on various self-directed learning (SDL) courses they have taught in the past two years and re-consider the indispensable role of the teacher in fostering new skills in our students to learn without us. Data from open-ended and multiple-choice questionnaires, interviews, and actual work from first- through third-year students are used in this interpretative evaluation of the teacher's role and influence in the SDL classroom. The presentation will conclude with suggestions for SDL teachers.

  • Lorna Asami

    Thank you for stopping by and chatting with me about one of my favorite courses: Self-directed learning. It's a wonderful experience to have open students who are willing to try out new things to improve their personal learning.

  • Dexter Da Silva

    I am basically interested in learning - student learning, teacher learning, individual learning, group learning, different theoretical approaches to learning, the learning process, context and related factors, such as memory and motivation. I love teaching when it involves connecting with student learning. I have been teaching at various levels for more than 35 years, mostly in Japan, but also in Australia and Laos.