Resources for Self-Directed Learning


Self-directed learning (SDL) has been defined as “a process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help from others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating goals, identifying human and material resources, choosing and implementing appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes. Loyen et al (2008)

The Royal College’s Framework of Continuing Professional Development Activities adds the following:

(available in French on the Royal College site)

“Section 2: Self-learning Activities are planned to address specific needs, enhance awareness of new evidence potentially relevant to practice or enhance the quality of multiple system.”

Planning your Continuing Professional Development activities

  1. Assess yourself and your practice to identify gaps or problems that you want to address
  2. Be aware of learning opportunities
  3. Make choices of learning activities that will keep you up-to-date and support the changes you want to make
  4. Keep track of what you are doing including the impact of each activity
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