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Rewarding initiative

Student submissions for student learning award now being accepted

Teaching and Learning | Frameworks in Action

By Jennifer Batten

Student submissions for the 2017 Memorial University Award for Outstanding Self-Directed Learning are now being accepted.

Unlike any other student award offered at Memorial to date, the self-directed learning award specifically celebrates undergraduate students with the qualities and skills that enable them to manage components of their own learning and successfully undertake self-directed learning projects.

Activities and resources

Today’s students have greater access to and more choice in activities and resources to pursue their learning goals than did generations of students before them.

Aided by an emphasis on experiential learning, the opportunities afforded by the Internet and digital technologies, and Memorial University’s commitment to engagement with the wider community, many students are gaining knowledge and skills outside of traditional classroom environments.

Students recognized by this award are curious, creative, independent, confident, and persistent — well-equipped to become lifelong self-directed learners.

Jan. 23 deadline

One award is presented annually. The deadline to apply is Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The recipient will be recognized with a $1,000 cash award and a personalized and framed scroll. As part of the awards presentation, they will also be invited to make a presentation to undergraduate students about their self-directed learning experience.

All current undergraduate students enrolled in degree, certificate or diploma programs at any campus of Memorial, full-time or part-time, who are in good standing are invited to apply. Full application details, criteria and guidelines are available here.


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