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The 30th International Self-Directed Learning Symposium

February 10-13, 2016

Make plans to attend in Cocoa Beach, Florida, at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Download the 2016 SDL Symposium flyer here to share with your colleagues, friends, students--or post a few printed copies at professional conferences to spread the word!.


2016 Symposium

The 2016 Symposium will be exceptional, as we celebrate our 30th year. All of the 1986 presenters have been invited, as well as all of the Malcolm Knowles Award winners. So far we have positive responses from Jim Bellanca, Naomi Boyer, Ralph Brockett, Bob Bulik, Philippe Carre, Richard Durr, the Guglielminos, Roger Hiemstra, Carol Kasworm, Huey Long, and Mike Ponton – and "possibles" from a number of others.

Special Events

  • There will be a special salute to Huey Long, who founded the symposium in 1986
  • Meet the Authors rotating roundtables will give you the opportunity of small-group conversations with the First Presenters and MKA winners.
  • Best SDL Practices Sharing Sessions Targeted for Level or Area: K-12, Higher and Continuing Education, and HRD
  • The kickoff will be an exciting opening session with Dr. Yu from NASA on "The Role of Self-Directed Learning in the Exploration of Space," with amazing visuals. As Huey Long quipped, "The 2016 SDL Symposium will be Out of This World!"

To view pictures from previous symposia and an invitation to attend,
click SDL Scroll on the left menu.

To view the 2016 symposium draft program click here.

To see the 2015 symposium program click here.

Time Capsule

This year you are being invited to bring a meaningful item to place in a time capsule that we plan to open at the 40th Symposium. In a general session or at the dinner, we will accept the items and give you a chance to say a few words about your contribution. Don't miss all the learning, all the great colleagues, and all the fun!!!




"The Symposium was a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the major researchers in self-directed learning. I think it should be on a ‘must attend’ list for any student, practitioner, or faculty member interested in this line of research".

"The value of the SDL Symposium for me is that we talk across boundaries and form a true learning community".


2016 Symposium Registration

To register for the symposium, click on Symposium Registration in the menu on the left. Email Naomi Boyer ( or call (863-667-7022) with any questions.


2016 Scholarship Application

The International Society for Self-Directed Learning will award eight full scholarships at $150.00 each for full attendance at the 2016 Symposium. The scholarships are funded from the income generated by the Silent Auction at the previous Symposium and donations to the ISSDL. To view the scholarship application, click here.


Hotel Reservations for the 2016 Symposium

We have held rooms for attendees at the conference hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Cocoa Beach and at the Hampton Inn, immediately adjacent to the Marriott. The rooms will be held at a special rate of $129.00 per night until January 18 or until the reserved rooms are all booked. It’s a great time to be in Cocoa, and often the hotel is fully booked and rates soar, so be sure to book early.

Marriott Courtyard:
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Hampton Inn:
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Please direct all inquiries about the Symposium to:


Journal Guidelines:
For those preparing manuscripts for the International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, to obtain the Manuscript Submission Guidelines - click here. It is advised that you use these guidelines in preparing Symposium papers as well if you are planning to submit for publication.

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