ETD@CrADLe Conference 2011

there is even a Facebook group
At the Seminar Room.
by Mathew Ong, Loo Kang, Grace Dong, Lindy Chia, Hwee Peng 

1. Getting Started

2 things you would like to learn from this workshop..
what is the big deal with What is SDL n CoL? my quick answer is a self directed learning SDL can negotiate the future environment and economy better, a collaborative CoL person is one that will be needed to tap on and be part of the collective wisdom of the world.
Has the message of teach less, learn more change? my quick answer is it has always be the same call for educational reforms but the flavor or syntax or language has change, the message is largely to same.
2 things you know about SDL and CoL...
SDL self directed learning is motivate to learn and do performance of learning.
CoL synergistic collaboration among learners where 1+1 > 2?
2. Experiencing Self-Directed and Collaborative Learning
  1. In 10 minutes, fold a paper heart. From start to end, i need 20-30 minutes? found a poorly made YouTube, tear the square paper. etc.
  2. You can use the Internet as a resource.

awesome video Origami Heart (Folding Instructions)


artifact of learning by lookang
What did the learner do to complete the task? Give examples
I found a YouTube that is good, with hints text, audio of steps and well prepared by enthusiast, i followed the steps to create the paper heart.
What roles did the facilitator play? Give examples. 
It could be a task that is simple enough for one person to complete, may not be a great example for CoL task.
How did your group members help each other to complete the task?
talk and share
How did your group members consider others' ideas while sharing his/her ideas?
Three important aspects of SDL & CoL  

For Students For Teachers


3. Understanding Self-Directed & Collaborative Learning

1) What is SDL?
In self-directed learning (SDL), the individual takes the initiative and the responsibility for what occurs. Individuals select, manage, and assess their own learning activities, which can be pursued at any time, in any place, through any means, at any age. In schools, teachers can work toward SDL a stage at a time. Teaching emphasizes SDL skills, processes, and systems rather than content coverage and tests. For the individual, SDL involves initiating personal challenge activities and developing the personal qualities to pursue them successfully.
2) What are the benefits of SDL?
Self-directed learning has a lot of benefits. These are only seven of them:
  • You choose the content. Contrary to a curriculum designed by experts, you can pick and choose what you are going to learn, and who you are going to learn from, according to your personal level of knowledge and unique preferences.
  • You determine the schedule. You can adapt your learning process to your personal agenda, without depending on time schedules imposed by others.
  • You learn with passion. Since you are pursuing the topic that has always burnt in your heart, there is no place for boredom. Your main occupation in life should be fun!
  • Self-directed learning produces a deep sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. You are engaged in what you were created to do!
  • Self-directed learning will eventually lead to a productive life. After a season of delving into a subject with passion, the fruit will start to show. You will have gained a level of expertise.
  • At this point you will naturally develop entrepreneurial skills. Now that you are an expert in your field, others will look to you for help, and be willing to pay for it too!
  • The inevitable step is financial freedom. Voilá, your passion has become your career!
3) What are the characteristics of a self-directed learner?
Ownership of Learning
Management and Monitoring of Own Learning
Extension of Learning
4) What are the characteristics of a collaborative learner?
Effective Group Processes
Individual and Group Accountability of Learning
5) What is the relationship between SDL & CoL?
interesting research here
a SDL person will need to CoL with experts eventually to advance learning. It is the perhaps a inner and outer circle of motivation to learn. 

6) Other useful facts or insights
mat leading the workshop

participants working on the task to make a paper heart

mat leading the workshop

mat leading the workshop

mat leading the workshop

mat leading the workshop

mat leading the workshop

another photo from boon keng