A Mixed Methods Study of the Self-Directed Learning Habits of Adult Learners in a Digital Age

    A Mixed Methods Study of the Self-Directed Learning Habits of Adult Learners in a Digital Age

    Project Summary

    The purpose of this research study is to explore the influence of digital, social and mobile technologies (DSMTs) on the self-directed learning (SDL) habits of adult learners across the health professions in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Project Objectives

    • To explore the SDL habits of adult learners in an age of digital and social media technology proliferation.
    • To describe adult learners’ use of digital and social media technologies for their continuing professional education (CPE).
    • To describe the barriers and enablers to using DSMTs for supporting the SDL and CPE activities of adult learners.
    • To explore the implications of increased digital and social media technology usage for adult learners, as well as CPE systems and providers.

    The results of this study will inform our understanding of how DSMTs are being used in SDL and the barriers and opportunities for its use in CPE activities. The study findings will also inform future practices by CPE providers to support SDL activities of adult learners and the policies, regulations, and programs of professional regulatory bodies surrounding mandatory CPE systems.

    Timeline

    Start Date:4/1/2015
    Anticipated End Date:3/31/2018
    • Sponsor / Lead Organization:
    • Memorial University / Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    Interested in Learning More? Email Ms. Lisa Fleet directly at [email protected].