In this topic the changing demands of the workplace have been addressed together with the shift to a broader understanding of learning that recognises the need for continuous or lifelong learning. A key component of lifelong learning is the learner taking responsibility for their own learning - self-directed learning. You looked at the cycle of learning and the role of experience, reflection and feedback. You looked at the different types of learning within the cycle and worked through an activity that helped you recognise your own, natural learning styles. You have also begun to consider the implications of these styles for your learning and development.

In the next topic you will start to apply these concepts and theories in planning for your own professional development.

Task - writing exercise

Question - Spend a few minutes thinking about the relevance of this topic to your own experience and make a few notes.