Self-directed learning is not new. The concept allows students to learn at their own pace, ask questions and think critically. Rather than having educators tell them what to learn and do, self-directed learners learn independently, even when forced to learn from home without the direct supervision of a teacher.
In spite of the challenges posed by distance learning during the spring, some teachers were able to capitalize on project-based learning to help students direct some of their learning. PBLWorks, a nonprofit that provides professional development for project-based teaching, reports high participation for its webinars.