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452 Maximizing Self-Directed Learning

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM PT
Thursday, November 18

It is ironic that as learning resources have become more accessible in the digital age, many people have struggled to manage their own professional development, lacking the time and know-how to identify the right strategies for learning. Further exacerbating matters, organizations are often relying on employees to develop themselves as roles change quickly and formal training and development opportunities are constrained. This interactive session explores how to chart a navigable course for effective self-directed learning, including distinguishing learning needs that can be quickly addressed with search-and-learn from learning projects that benefit from a detailed itinerary. We’ll explore a robust process for orientating (setting a goal), wayfinding (defining a plan) and journeying (ensuring deep learning); examine the advantages and pitfalls of individual development plans; and overview a robust research-based process for self-directed learning.

In this session, you will learn:

  • A robust, research-based process for planning self-directed learning, including six critical supports that leaders can provide
  • The elements of an effective self-development plan
  • How to evaluate the success of self-directed learning from both the individual and organizational perspectives

Catherine Lombardozzi

Learning Strategy Consultant/Founder

Learning 4 Learning Professionals

Catherine Lombardozzi is a lifelong learning and development practitioner and founder of Learning 4 Learning Professionals. Her work focuses on supporting the professional development of designers, facilitators, faculty, consultants, and learning leaders through coaching, consulting, workshops, and development programs. As an active workplace learning professional with nearly 35 years’ experience, Catherine often contributes to professional conferences and journals, and she teaches graduate-level courses in adult learning, instructional design, e-collaboration and consulting. She is author of Learning Environments by Design (2015). Catherine holds a doctoral degree in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University.