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What is the meaning of independent learning and explain its boundaries

edited December 2022 in General

1) Discuss the meaning of independent learning and explain its boundaries

Independent Learning is learning that is self-directed. The learning is defined, organised and completed by the learner. Educators (experts) may act as facilitators or guides. However, the learner is encouraged to plot their own path and to value their own research as well as input from peers on the same level as information and guidance that they may gain from teachers (experts). With independent learning, students do their own research and ask questions, rather than relying solely on the materials that their teacher or instructor hands them. They also take ownership of their educational path by setting their own goals and monitoring their progress or Independent learning is a method or learning process where learners have ownership and control of their learning – they learn by their own actions and direct, regulate, and assess their own learning. The independent learner is able to set goals, make choices, and decisions about how to meet his learning needs, take responsibility for constructing and carrying out his own learning, monitor his progress toward achieving his learning goals, and self-assess the learning outcomes.

2) What Internet skills would be helpful in an online class?

→ Knowledge of computer terminology, such as browser, operating system, application, software, files, documents, icon, etc.

· Understanding of basic computer hardware and software with the ability to perform computer operations, such as:

· Using keyboard and mouse

· Managing files and folders: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties

· Software installation, security, and virus protection

· Using software applications, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, email

· Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking, saving files in different formats

· Uploading and downloading attachments

· Internet skills (connecting, accessing sites, using browsers)

· Ability to use online communication tools, such as email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments), discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers

· Persistence. Persistence is perhaps the biggest key to success in online learning. ...

· Effective Time-Management Skills. ...

· Effective and Appropriate Communication Skills. ...

· Basic Technical Skills. ...

· Reading and Writing Skills. ...

· Motivation and Independence. ...

· A Good Study Environment.

3) Talk about your own experience regarding the difficulties you faced at university

My experience :

Another common obstacle is learning to adapt to the differences between university and high school. You may have difficult classes, more homework, and you’re now responsible for managing your own time.

Time management

Every student with the intention of surviving in school must be good with time management. Time is very precious and once lost, cannot be regained. There’s only so much to be done in 24 hours. In order not to be faced with the problem of uncompleted assignments, lateness to lectures, carryovers etc, learn to manage your time well.


Students are prone to health risks. In the course of trying to meet up with set goals of coming out tops, some students have unconsciously turned to book worms, they do nothing else but read round the clock without taking breaks and eating healthy. This has caused many to break down.Apart from this, infections are easily contacted when more than three students have to stay in one room as well as share the same toilet. For students who stay in campus hostels, this is a big challenge.
· Depression
The cases of depression in Universities and Colleges has gotten to the peak. Students get depressed for various issues such as poor performance, relationship trauma, rape etc

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