Learning to Self-Learn

Learning to self-learn: 

About the program: 

The NEP 2020 at para 4.6 states that its thrust will be to move the education system towards real understanding and learning how to learn – and away from the culture of rote learning. Its goal will be to create holistic and well-rounded individuals equipped with key 21st-century skills. This program has been designed and developed with this goal in mind. 

Once a person has ‘learnt how to learn’ the person is on the way to become a self-learner. Robert Frost, the famous poet and Professor said “ I am not a teacher, I am an awakener”. And Richard Feynman in his famous “ Lectures on Physics” quoted Edward Gibbons ‘the power of instruction is of little efficacy except in those fortunate dispositions, where it is almost superfluous’. 

This course begins with drawing attention to the significance of self-learning, describes the attributes of successful self-learners, illustrates how technology in general, and AI in particular can help in making a better self-learner, and concludes with sharing the techniques of becoming a successful self-learner. 

The methodology:

This is a one month ( 4 weeks) program from Monday to Friday every week, structured as a total of 20 sessions. A unique feature of this program is that in the first week, the sessions are of 20 minutes duration, during the 2nd week they are of 25 minutes, during the 3rd week they are of 30 minutes each and of 45 minutes during the fourth week. In total 10 hours of instructor led content. The rest of the time, and in particular the weekends are for reflection and practicing the principles, practices and techniques shared during the week. 

Course access and delivery process:

  * A Whats App group will be created for each edition of the program. The group formation is not contingent on a minimum number being enrolled. The program will be delivered, even if there is only one participant, enrolled, for a particular week

  • At a time that will be announced in the group, I will be posting content. The posts may consist of of text, images of PowerPoint slides, my audios, videos or curated videos.
  • If any course participant has a query, question or observation, and if it concerns the whole group, (s)he may raise it, instantly, within the Group.
  • However, if it is meant as a message to the Course Administrator only, please prefer sending a direct message, rather than posting it in the group.
  • If I can make a quick, short and effective response, without losing the thread of the conversation,I will respond immediately, else I will pool such responses and make a special additional post
  • All the posts and conversations (including audio) will remain with you until you consciously and  deliberately delete them. This is the greatest advantage of this method

Program details:

Week 1: Why become a self-learner?

1.1: Drivers of self-learning

1.2: Examples of well known self-learners

1.3: Mindsets and other barriers to self-learning

1.4: Self-learning as a vaccine against unemployability

1.5: Range : Why generalists succeed ? David Epstein

Week 2: Attributes of a successful self-learner

2.1: Motivation

2.2: Overcoming Procrastination and efficient time-management

2.3: Angela Duckworth: Grit: Focus, perseverance and persistence

2.4: Tony Buzan’s Mind-mapping to enhance understanding 

2.5: Pail Tough : How children succeed? Habits fostering success

Week 3: Using Technology to become a better self-learner

3.1: Learning from WhatsApp, other mobile apps, Internet and MOOCs

3.2: Speech to text, and Text to Speech

3.3: Using Automatic Machine Translation 

3.4: Duolingo for language learning : AI powered apps for learning

3.5: What does machine learning inform us about human learning?

Week 4: Techniques to become a better self-learner

4.1: A stepwise approach to self-learning

4.2: The Feynman technique to learn anything

4.3: Switching between social learning and individual learning 

4.4: Guy Claxton: Building Learning Power

4.5: Scott Young : Ultralearning 

The actual topics and content may be tweaked to cater to the needs of the learning cohort.

Enrolment procedure:

Fresh editions of this 4 week program begin every Monday. 

In order to enroll for the Programme, please send a WhatsApp message, with the following text: ‘ Request registration for L2SL’ to +91 98100 73724.

Please do mention your name and WhatsApp mobile number on which you would like to pursue the programme through WhatsApp

You will be included in the cohort beginning from the nearest Monday to your request date. 

The Programme Fee of Rs. 5000/– (Rupees Five thousand only) may be remitted, Into the following Bank account:

Name: Madan Mohan Pant

HDFC Bank Account No. : 26451000000301*

*(The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)

IFSC: HDFC0002645

Address: HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon

Should you desire to know more, please WhatsApp, your query to :

 Prof. M. M. Pant  at +91 98100 73724

About Prof. MM Pant

Professor M.M. Pant, a Ph.D. in Computational Physics with about  55 years of academic experience is pursuing next generation learning, using blogging, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp , delivered on mobile phones, named Learning 321: education in the 3rd decade of the 21st Century. His special interests are Pedagogies of self-learning, AI in education and creating awareness of Quantum Technologies. 

He is a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor IGNOU. He has been a faculty at IIT, Kanpur, NIT, Allahabad and Visiting Professor to the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Prof. Pant is the founder of the LMP Education Trust, an organization supporting new age learning.

For more information about him visit mmpant.net and for the courses and mentoring programs offered by him visit mmpant.com

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