Self-Learning is the Future: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century

5 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2012 Last revised: 10 Apr 2017

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A. H. Sequeira

National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal

Date Written: July 17, 2012


Self-Learning method is an individualized method of learning. The face-to-face teaching is disappearing and distance mode of education is becoming popular. Self-learning modules are designed where the learner is free to chose what to learn, how to learn, when to learn and where to learn. This flexibility is an importance characteristic in open learning process. With the advent of information technology for communication, the other modes of instructions are slowly disappearing. The learner is getting accustomed more and more to non-formal mode of education thereby shifting the preference to self-learning methods. Even most of the print materials that come into the market are meant for self-learning. The learner is at an advantage to use this form of non-formal mode of education using self-paced learning materials. The teaching-learning-evaluation all happens without face-to-face interaction. There is no fixed time and no fixed number of classes. To make this learning process effective, it is essential for a Trainer to have the conceptual knowledge of self-learning approach and also the design of self-learning modules and materials. The Trainer should also look at the three domains of learning viz., cognitive, affective and psychomotor and the emphasis required while designing the learning resource material. This paper discusses the features of self-learning approach and design of self-learning modules and material which could be used effectively in non-formal mode of education. The paper also highlights the use of Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) packages used for self-learning purpose.

Keywords: self-learning, teaching-learning-evaluation, learning process

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Sequeira, A. H., Self-Learning is the Future: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century (July 17, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

A. H. Sequeira (Contact Author)

National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal ( email )

School of Management
Mangalore, Karnataka 575025
0824 2474000 (Phone)

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