Who are “independent learners”? Why is it important to foster them? What are some differences in how adult learners and younger learners develop independence? What are some differences in independent learners in the face-to-face and the online environments?
In this session, we will examine and discuss what your learners need the most to become independent learners. We will consider how you can provide motivational information, as well as motivational and challenging real-world tasks, that spark their curiosity and promote reflection. We will also discuss what you see as the biggest challenges you face in fostering independent learning. Join the discussion, share your ideas, and learn from both the subject-matter expert and those in attendance.
Dr. Lynn Zimmerman’s TEFL journey began in 1992 as a Secondary TEFL Peace Corps volunteer in Poland. After that, she got a Master’s in Library Science, a Master’s in TESOL, and a PhD in Curriculum & Teaching. She has taught educational foundations and TEFL as a teacher trainer at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has been a Fulbright Scholar in Poland, Belarus, and Moldova. She was an English Language Fellow in Albania and an English Language Specialist in Chad and Uzbekistan. Most recently, she served as a Virtual Specialist in Pakistan. Currently, she is a freelance online curriculum developer and online TEFL instructor.