401 Cultivating a Self-Directed Learning Culture in the Digital Age

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 16

Conventional wisdom says that people can self-provision their learning and professional development through internet-enabled access to resources and social networks. But studies indicate that employees are not necessarily skilled at managing their own professional development and leveraging digital tools for learning. With an abundance of resources available, people may become paralyzed by too much information and too many choices.

Drawing on theory and research related to learner motivation and self-directed learning, this interactive session will provide actionable advice on how to foster a learning culture in the digital age. We’ll discuss the pillars of self-directed learning that influence people’s ability to manage their own development. And we’ll discuss the inherent tension when a need for deep knowledge and skill is met with superficial or inaccurate resources and insufficient time for learning. We’ll identify new roles for managers and learning leaders that will enable you to foster a learning culture in your organization.

Catherine Lombardozzi

Learning Strategy Consultant/Founder

Learning 4 Learning Professionals

Catherine Lombardozzi is a lifelong learning and development practitioner and founder of Learning 4 Learning Professionals. Her work focuses on supporting the professional development of designers, facilitators, faculty, consultants, and learning leaders through coaching, consulting, workshops, and development programs. As an active workplace learning professional with nearly 35 years' experience, Catherine often contributes to professional conferences and journals, and she teaches graduate-level courses in adult learning, instructional design, e-collaboration and consulting. She is author of Learning Environments by Design (2015). Catherine holds a doctoral degree in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University.

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