Assessment

Enabling Learners to Assess and Progress

James Marceda

In this week’s webinar, Stephanie Dimond-Bayir discusses the benefits of becoming an autonomous learner and provides practical classroom activities for improving learner self-assessment.

The first step to autonomy is enabling students to understand the concept itself. So how do we define autonomous learning and, by extension, what makes an autonomous learner?

Autonomous learning

An autonomous learner has many skills. They can understand goals, outcomes, and how they are doing in relation to those goals and outcomes. They can work effectively inside and outside of the classroom. An autonomous learner can make decisions about the best way to learn and organize their own study effectively by utilizing better time management and sharper focus.

The benefits of being an autonomous learner

Being an autonomous learner has many benefits too. Autonomous learners develop responsibility for their own learning and are able to recognize the next steps they need to take to advance their learning. They feel secure even when they’re not right, which raises self-esteem and confidence. Finally, they become more actively involved, which in turn keeps them more motivated.

Dimond-Bayir explains that a critical step in becoming an autonomous learner is developing self-assessment skills. She then provides a wealth of practical tips to help empower students to become better at self-assessment, therefore making them better autonomous learners.

To watch the webinar in full and hear all Steph’s great tips for empowering autonomous learners, watch the video below.

Watch more webinars recordings, like this one from Jack Richards.

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