Self-directed learning in a socioconstructivist learning environment

Sze Yeng Foo*, Raja Maznah Raja Hussain

*Corresponding author for this work

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Self-directed learning is an essential skill to be acquired for the promotion of life-long learning. In this study, a socioconstructivist learning environment was designed for an Instructional Design and Development module to facilitate self-directed learning within a higher education setting. The course supported a student-centred and self-directed approach, integrating technological, pedagogical and content knowledge. Findings from interviews, online document analysis and observation provided evidence that self-directed learning was empowered through learning tasks that support constructivist collaboration in both physical and virtual learning spaces. The participants inquired new skills, knowledge and attitude through self-directed learning in a blended learning environment. Web technology platforms such as Moodle online discussion forums, Google Docs and Wikispaces empowered self-directed learning among the adult participants. The processes and conditions that facilitate self-directed learning are discussed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1913-1917
Number of pages5
JournalProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event1st World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Administration, WCLTA-2010 - Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Oct 29 2010Oct 31 2010


  • Instructional design
  • Learning environment
  • Self-directed learning
  • Socioconstructivist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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