Welcome to the Self-directed learning for higher education MOOC

    Self-directed learning (SDL), where students take responsibility for their own learning, is an essential requirement for students within the 21st century context. This massive open online course (MOOC) provides a short introduction to SDL for faculty and facilitators in the higher education context. This MOOC covers the basic theoretical foundations of SDL. In addition, the typical characteristics of a self-directed learner and the way in which learner-centred and SDL-oriented learning environments can be created are explored. On a more practical level, the MOOC focuses on the affordances of strategies, such as cooperative learning, problem-based learning and play-based learning to foster SDL. Finally, the MOOC concludes with a section on the role of assessment in promoting SDL throughout the learning process.