4e: Developing Self-Directed Learners
In this module, faculty learn how to assist students in understanding and taking ownership of their own learning process. Techniques include using cues to guide student learning, presenting and having students develop work plans for completing complex assignments, prompting self-reflection with rubrics or other grading guidelines, and making worked examples available.
To satisfy the module requirements, faculty must apply at least one technique, such as sharing examples of prior students’ work, using an exam wrapper, or having students complete the Critical Incident Questionnaire.
This module is one of five modules under ACUE’s unit on Promoting Higher Order Thinking.
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