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Monday, July 23

  1. msg Discussion Topic #2 message posted Discussion Topic #2 Hi Todd Thanks for the note. Well, I think Livemocha is focusing on the high level language learne…
    Discussion Topic #2
    Hi Todd
    Thanks for the note. Well, I think Livemocha is focusing on the high level language learners. I think their thinking, which is triggered by the successful investment they have in this project , has made them unware of the fact that lower level students need constant guidance. The SGL can be used with them but it will not be as effective as is the case with guidance.
    Hussain
    12:52 pm
  2. msg Discussion Topic #3 message posted Discussion Topic #3 After being a participant in multiple SGL initiatives, I have determined that for myself, the conte…
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    After being a participant in multiple SGL initiatives, I have determined that for myself, the content or subject of the learning endevour does determine the degree of success that I will realize. Student motivation is a key component to any successful learning environment therefore I have found that if I am not fully motivated to learn the subject at hand, I will find it difficult to self-monitor, set goals, and work in a timely manner. This being said, I have been successful in SGL whereby my motivation was high due to a connection with my work or personal interests. Therefore I believe that intrinsic motivation it a key determinant to success as you have included within your “Issues” section.
    Being located within a small rural community I have been able to use technology to partake in SGL programs that would have previously not been accessible prior to attaining high speed Internet connections. I have participated in communities of learning, focus groups, and skill development programs that allowed me to build upon my pedagogical competencies while developing technical skills within a self-paced and monitored environment.
    In summary, I believe it is fair to say that the SGL movement is here to stay. As programs are developed and become more thorough, global access to Internet expands, and the net generation ages SGL will be commonplace. I look forward to developing my own skills as a life-long learner as I participate in more SGL programs both on a professional and personal level.
    7:07 am

Sunday, July 22

  1. msg Discussion Topic #1 message posted Discussion Topic #1 @Todd, Thanks for the link to the ccsdl site. Interesting to see that schools with this philosophy…
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    @Todd,
    Thanks for the link to the ccsdl site. Interesting to see that schools with this philosophy already exist. There must be complete buy-in from parents and the students to make it successful. Like you mention, you need to start small and develop the skill of self-guided learning like any other skill.
    @Ronna
    the self-reflection on learning, is a critical component (I believe). I loved the example of the Australian software company that gives employees 24 hours 4x/year to work on anything they want, with the only stipulation that they report back to the group on what they worked on.
    David
    9:40 pm
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    7:40 pm
  4. msg Discussion Topic #2 message posted Discussion Topic #2 How do you envision the future of Self-Guided Learning (primary/secondary/post-secondary education)…
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    How do you envision the future of Self-Guided Learning (primary/secondary/post-secondary education)? In what areas of education do you think SGL presents a promising venture opportunity?

    SGL is a wonderful concept that may, as tools increase, grow substantially over the next few years. In terms of SGL's possible development in different tiers of education, I believe the 'obvious' sector is post-secondary education and honing of artistic skills. For example, I have engaged in several SGL activities since high school, focusing mostly on developing my web design and graphic arts skills outside of the formal education system (there is some overlap between my SGL activities and my PLE, since the PLE manages my non-formal education). There is also much room for more formal SGL with growing sites like Academic Earth, Khan Academy and Udacity.

    One educational arena that might benefit greatly from more SGL endeavours is high schools. Allowing students to pace themselves, learn based on their primary interests and set their own goals might be more effective that regimented curricula (which often give birth to "When will we ever use this in real life?", and tend to make adolescents loathe learning). I appreciate the issues you have noted regarding SGL, and I think the procrastination and goal-setting issues are particularly important to keep in mind with high school students. However, I recall watching a video clip describing a school's SGL program several years ago, and students who were involved in it said that although they initially slowed their pace when given the freedom to set their own schedule, they eventually began working more enthusiastically than when they had a prescribe learning schedule.
    7:26 pm
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    17% don't know where to start or they need recognition to make learning meaningful
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    50% participated because they were motivated to learn something new, 20% needed to accomplish a task or had a specific goal
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    50% of respondents said NO they would not invest or purchaseneed to see more before purchasing this self guided learning product
    33% said they would not invest in this
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    References and Links
    Dinsmore, Scott. (2011). The birth of self-guided education (the only real option left). Retrieved from http://liveyourlegend.net/the-birth-of-self-guided-education/
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  8. msg Discussion Topic #2 message posted Discussion Topic #2 Hello Hussain, I do agree that SGL can work best with students that are at an intermediate level…
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    Hello Hussain,

    I do agree that SGL can work best with students that are at an intermediate level and above. Blended classes are best at the beginner level. I do believe however, that some form of SGL needs to be introduced early on in order to make students responsible for their learning. As for the completely online language course - I am not convinced that one can learn a language that way, I do believe authentic interaction needs to happen in order to really grasp a language and be able to speak it. So a completely SGL program for learning a language beyond a beginner level is I believe improbable.

    Marie-France
    6:16 pm

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