The Coolest Math Project You Can('t) Imagine: Reflecting on Instructor Experiences Incorporating Self Directed Learning in Courses with Set Learning Outcomes
Self-directed learning (SDL) is a pedagogical tool that allows learners to have increased autonomy over their own learning. But how do you let students choose and adhere to the learning outcomes for a specific course? This presentation focuses on one professor’s (Susanna’s) first attempt to implement an SDL project in a math content course with set learning outcomes. She will share how she found out about SDL from a colleague (Kevin) and other factors that led her to incorporate SDL. Presenters will review the planning process used to adapt Kevin’s implementation of SDL to the specifics of Susanna’s content course. The outcomes of that planning and the benefits and challenges of using SDL in such a course will be discussed.
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