Empower learners to take control of their learning

Advice to my younger self…

In college, I came across more than a few ‘weed out courses.’ One in particular was a Calculus course that I struggled to get through – twice.

The struggle was real and it did a lot to weaken my self-confidence.

When I encountered the next ‘weed out course’, I just surrendered & changed my career path.

I wish, all the freely distributed digital learning resources available now, had been available when I came across those ‘weed out courses’ years ago.

I would have searched until I found a document, a video, or an online course to help me fill in the holes in my understanding.

I might be a Physiological Psychologist researching the effects of food & environment on behavior today, if I hadn’t concluded that it just wasn’t for me, because I struggled in Calculus & Statistics.

As a learning designer, my goal is always to empower people to take ownership of their learning. Organizations and schools specify standards, but we have many different options for how we meet those standards.

Here is my advice to my younger self: “You will encounter a lot of ‘weed out courses and experiences’ on the path to doing what you want to do & getting the things you want. Don’t get stuck in the weeds.”

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