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Draft Program 

Self-Directed Learning for a Changing World: A Virtual Summit

February 3-5, 2021

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM United States Eastern Time (New York) 

New York

February 3, 2021 

11:00 AM 


February 3, 2021

5:00 PM


February 3, 2021

6:00 PM


February 4, 2021


Grey Limbo

Day 1 Theme:  SDL: Why and What
 Wednesday, February 3, 2021

11:00 AM     Welcome and Introduction of Keynote                            

                                              Lucy Guglielmino, Chair, ISSDL Board

11:10 AM

Navigating Crisis, Ambiguity, and Technological Advancement: Optimizing Learner Self-Direction to Meet the Challenges                      

Naomi Boyer, Education Design Lab

11:40 AM

Questions and Answers, Discussion

11:55 AM


12:05 PM

Panel and Conversation: Defining SDL

The Classic Knowles Definition

Lila Holt, University of Tennessee

The ISSDL Definition

Kelly McCarthy, University of South Florida

The PPC Model(process)

Ralph Brockett, University of Tennessee (Emeritus)

Rog Hiemstra, Syracuse University (Emeritus)

SDL Characteristics and Correlates

Lucy Guglielmino, Florida Atlantic University (Emeritus)

Questions and Answers, Discussion

  1:10 PM

Poster Sessions

  1:55 PM

Preview of Thursday, February 4 Sessions

Day 2 Theme:  SDL Around the World, Across Disciplines, and in All Educational Contexts

Thursday, February 4, 2021

11:00 - 11:05     Welcome and Overview

11:05 -11:10      Activity


Panel and Conversation: SDL in Action Across the World

11:10 – 11:25 

From SDL to Personalized Learning and Student Agency: Creating Deeper Learning Paths for Learners Worldwide

       James Bellanca, Executive Director (retired),

Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Learning



The Path to SDL as a Strategic Initiative and Research Focus Group at North-West University, South Africa

                                            Elsa Mentz, Professor and

Director of NWU Research Focus Group



SDL as a Key Competency in the New Taiwan National K-12 Curriculum Guidelines

            Chang-Hua Chen, National Academy for Educational Research,

Ken-Zen Chen, National Chiao-Tung University



12:00-12:10 Question and Answers, Discussion


12:10-12:20   Break



Networking Sessions


K-12                                        *Kevin Currie

Adult and Higher Ed.             *Mike Ponton

HRD                                        *Naomi Boyer

Medical Education                 *Kelly McCarthy, Shelley Payne



1:10-1:55   Poster Sessions

1:55 Preview of Friday, February 5 Sessions

Day 3 Theme:  Preparing Facilitators and Learners for SDL
Friday, February 5, 2021

11:00 - 11:05  Welcome and Overview

11:05 -11:10   Activity



Preparing Learning Facilitators for Fostering SDL                          

Robert Bulik, University of Texas Academy of Health Sciences Education (Emeritus), LPI Global Consultants


Designing the New Learning Context

                                             Brandi Kenner, Founder and CEO, Choice-Filled Lives Network


11:55-12:20 Questions and Answers, What can you use ?


12:20-12:30 Break



Introducing Learners to SDL in a Variety of Settings: Business, Medical, K-12, and Higher and Adult Ed                            

Lucy Guglielmino, Florida Atlantic University (Emeritus)


1:00-1:20 Using Technology to Promote SDL

                                 Lila Holt,  University of Tennessee

Shelley Payne, Otterbein University

1:20-1:55  Question Answers and Discussion  What Can You Use?   

1:55            Wrap-Up, information on evaluation, and next year’s dates

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