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An Assessment of a Self-Directed Learning Approach in a Graduate Web Application Design and Development Course

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1 Author(s)
Heidi J. C. Ellis ; Comput. Sci. Dept., Trinity Coll., Hartford, CT

Research has shown that adult learners have a strong desire for a self-directed and autonomous learning experience. This paper presents an evaluation of an approach to supporting self-directed learning employed in a graduate-level Web application design and development course. The approach allows students to define and develop semester-long team projects in an independent fashion including the definition of their own grading metric and the evaluation of themselves against the measure. This paper presents the results of a survey on student opinion of the self-directed learning approach and an evaluation of grades. Study results indicate that the self-directed learning approach used in the course was quite successful in providing adult students with an autonomous and self-directed learning experience

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IEEE Transactions on Education  (Volume:50 ,  Issue: 1 )