Considering the Importance of Course-Based Learning Objectives for Developing Learners’ Ability to Negotiate Their Own Learning Goals

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Kristen Sullivan, Shimonoseki City University

This paper will consider several questions raised during a JALT2011 workshop that described how to create resources to support and develop students’ self-directed learning abilities. The questions focused on whether differences between learner identified goals and course-based learning objectives would impact on how learners engage with the resource, and whether such a resource would help learners with no defined learning goals. This paper will build upon the responses made during the workshop. It will argue for the importance of providing course goals and objectives to help learners to develop the ability to negotiate their own learning goals.