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36th Anniversary Symposium

February 7-11, 2023

Cocoa Beach, FL 

From Attendees

​​​​​​​​There is no better way to tell you about the symposium than through the words of people who have attended in the past.  Attendees from a wide range of fields, such as education, medicine, engineering, art, and nursing have enjoyed the symposium in the past and contribute to the rich intellectual environment.


From students:


  • 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 and literature. . . .


  • Oh, what a great opportunity!.... I cannot say enough about the SDL Symposium. There is no way to duplicate the experience of sitting at a table with an author and researcher you have read and admired at a distance. . . .


From Professors:


  • One of the most worthwhile conferences I have ever attended. Great opportunities to network with others involved in SDL. I appreciate the supportive atmosphere, and the emphasis on encouraging graduate student participation.


  • The Symposium has done wonders for me and my colleague. The interaction gave me new insights and understanding. I have told my friends in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, and Australia about your good work and hope that I can persuade them to join me next year.


  • I have attended the SDL Symposium for the past ten years and always find something that I can take back that is beneficial. The value of the SDL Symposium for me is that we talk across boundaries and form a true learning community.


From HRD practitioners:


  • The Self-directed Learning Symposium has been an extremely valuable place to share ideas with other researchers and HRD practitioners.


  • The Self-directed Learning Symposium is the place where you can learn about the latest research and talk to the experts in SDL. There is no other conference that comes even close for this purpose.





2023 Symposium

Returning in 2022 The International Self-Directed Learning Symposium provides an international forum for the discussion of important current developments in the study and application of self-directed learning. The program design emphasizes presentations of recent research findings, intensive individual participation, and group exploration of problems, issues and concepts. Program structure includes large group sessions as well as small group interaction opportunities.

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Registration Information

Registration is online.  Students needing help with registration cost should see the student scholarship information below. 

Student Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are made available each year.  Application information can be found on the student scholarship page.

Hotel Information

The Symposium will again be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Rooms and special rates have been arranged for attendees at the Marriott and next door at the Hampton Inn.

Call for Papers

For information on how to submit a proposal to do a presentation or poster visit the Call for Papers

Presenters and Reactors

What do you need to know for presenting or reacting to a session?  Find the information here. 

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