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Self-directed Learning vs Self-regulated Learning: Twins or Just Friends?

, University of North Texas, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA


The rise in online education has sparked researchers’ interests in effective learning and instructional strategies of web-based training. Thus, understanding the characteristics and enhancing factors of self-regulated or self-directed learners has become a primary goal of institutions of higher education. The following review of literature provides a wealth of information to assist students, instructors, course designers, and parents in understanding the relationship between the terms “self-regulated learner” and “self-directed learner,” as well as the significance of this type of learner in today’s technologically advanced economy.


Bracey, P. (2010). Self-directed Learning vs Self-regulated Learning: Twins or Just Friends?. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1600-1607). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 25, 2019 from .

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