Independent Learning Strategies in a Digital Environment
Independent learning is when pupils have the skills to set goals to plan, monitor and evaluate their own academic development, so they can manage their own motivation towards learning. Research from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), Using Digital Technologies to Improve Learning, identifies how technologies play a central role to build the skills required to develop self-regulated learners, providing ownership and mastery of their learning.
Independent learning or self-regulated learning can be broken into three essential components:
•cognition – the mental process involved in knowing, understanding, and learning
•metacognition – thinking about our own learning – ‘learning to learn’
•motivation – willingness to engage our metacognitive and cognitive skills