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Learner Autonomy
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Last modified on 09 December 2014

Learner autonomy is a progression from differentiated instruction. No matter how well a teacher differentiates a lesson, it will not be perfect for all learners. So, learner autonomy is 100% differentiation by the learner herself. It encourages the learner to accept responsibility for her own learning.  In order for learners to do this, teachers help learners to be clear about what they are learning, why, and how. Teachers raise student awareness as to what kinds of learners they are and their learning needs, help them make informed choices when planning their learning, and equip them with skills and strategies to be effective inside and outside the classroom.  One of the beliefs behind learner autonomy is that real learning takes place when students are actively involved in their own learning process, asking questions, thinking creatively and making their own decisions and choices. Being an autonomous learner is a desirable quality in higher education and working life.