The general assumption in learning institutions is that content is king. We beg to differ– it’s not only the content that matters but the delivery, too. Students learn at different rates and tailoring learning environments to be inclusive of all paces makes a world of difference in nurturing hidden talents. At Modo, we swear by self-paced learning.
What is Self-Paced Learning?
In contrast to traditional teacher-led learning models with strict milestones, self-paced learning is flexible and more attuned to individual differences. It shares the reins of power between course leaders and the students themselves, allowing them to grow at a natural pace. The course leader, then, takes on the role of a guide and provider of feedback rather than an enforcer of deadlines and academic pressure.
Why is Self-Paced Learning Important?
For starters, it allows students more freedom to call the shots on their own learning. In bypassing a ‘one size fits all’ approach in favour of environments based on students’ needs, the said students are more likely to absorb knowledge at their own pace. They’re also more likely to develop an interest in something from the start, rather than being forced to do it all and see what fits.
Most importantly, self-paced learning allows students to judge for themselves where their aptitude and interests lie and how best they think they can learn something.
On that note, self-learning is especially important in the realm of online learning on special topics such as Robotics and AI. These topics prize students’ independent decision making and individual aptitude above all. It also values perspective and practical applications, both of which are honed during self-paced learning.
Self-paced learning is not to be confused with ineptitude or lack of orderliness. On the contrary, self-paced learning allows students to find their own purpose and fuel their own passions, which naturally keeps them more engaged and hands-on. Self-paced learning is far from anarchy– it is independence.
What are the Other Benefits of Self-Paced Learning?
Alongside honing individual talents and pace of growth, self-paced learning has other tangible benefits:
Convenience of Learning
Far from confining students to classrooms and building resentment of learning spaces, self-paced learning allows students to attend their courses anytime and anywhere. This allows them to develop interest on their own and prioritise what they want to learn.
In self-paced learning, students are their own masters– course leaders are mere guideposts. The transfer of responsibility is a boon for students as they begin to take control of their own education and grow both academically and individually. This builds confidence in their abilities, too.
Self-paced learning means removing learning from the confines of four walls and into a more customised frame with a global outlook.
Enroll today in Modo’s self-paced courses in robotics & coding. For details, visit www.modo.one