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Self-Directed Learning with Web-Based Resources

Self-Directed Learning with Web-Based Resources
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Author(s): Wan Ng (La Trobe University, Australia) and Howard Nicholas (La Trobe University, Australia)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 6
Source title: Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patricia L. Rogers (Bemidji State University, USA), Gary A. Berg (California State University Channel Islands (Retired), USA), Judith V. Boettcher (Designing for Learning, USA), Caroline Howard (HC Consulting, USA), Lorraine Justice (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong) and Karen D. Schenk (K. D. Schenk and Associates Consulting, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch273

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Abstract

Society today is characterized by, among other things, two main factors: (i) the abundance of information and large variety of resources freely available at no cost to learners, and (ii) information communication technologies for easy retrieval of information and communication of ideas. These factors make independent research and learning possible for a wider number of learners anytime and anywhere there is access to the World Wide Web, for example through the use of mobile technologies such as mobile phones and handheld computers (Ng & Nicholas, 2007). Hence, teaching students to be technologically literate to learn independently with Web-based resources is a step towards preparing them to be self-directed, life-long learners.

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