Self-directed learning

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Learning independently can be challenging, even for the most motivated students. There are understood to be four key stages to independent learning, known as self-directed learning: being ready to learn, setting learning goals and time management, engaging in the learning process, and evaluating learning. 

In relation to the fashion-tech field an ability to self-direct and self-evaluate is critical. The fashion-tech sector requires graduates to be capable of planning and research, to creatively problem solve and innovate solutions with entrepreneurial mindsets. Self-directed learning promotes the development of self-confidence, initiative and perseverance. 

Both independence and the ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams are necessary skills in fashion-tech, as such self-directed projects can be conducted by students individually or as part of a group. 

Mix and match with work-based learning, problem-based learning, learning through research and blended learning