Catherine Lombardozzi, Ed.D.

Slow and steady professional development

By |2022-03-10T17:53:12+00:00March 10th, 2022|Charting Your Course 2022, Professional Development, Self-Directed Learning|

When you work in L&D, you’d think that learning would come easy. But we have the same challenges as people in other fields in trying to remain abreast of changes and to continuously improve our knowledge and skill. While L&D folks aren’t generally required to log development credits, the field is changing so much that [...]

Be self-directed, but don’t learn alone

By |2022-04-07T02:08:20+00:00February 3rd, 2022|Charting Your Course 2022, Self-Directed Learning|

One of the biggest myths about self-directed learning is that it’s done alone. Picture the determined leader holed up reading and note-taking, or the undiscovered athlete practicing a sport for hours, experimenting and self-critiquing, or the up-and-coming professional staying up late to watch tutorials and fine-tune their work. But it’s likely that these solitary activities [...]

When practicing what you preach doesn’t quite work

By |2022-04-07T02:12:37+00:00January 19th, 2022|Charting Your Course 2022, Learning Goals, Self-Directed Learning|

I’m a big believer in turn-of-the-year resolutions and thoughtful goal-setting. My goals for 2022 include deliberate choices about my learning projects (apropos since I’ve been preaching self-directed learning quite a bit in the last several years). I’ve charted two projects so far – one of which serves an immediate need, and one of which is [...]

Making learning a habit

By |2021-09-14T20:03:20+00:00September 14th, 2021|Book Reviews, Self-Directed Learning|

If you read into the background of notable people who are exemplary lifelong learners, you can find some common ground  – they read quite a bit, they set goals, they experiment, they cultivate curiosity, they schedule time for learning projects (rise early, set aside time before bed), they walk or exercise when they need to [...]

Everyday self-directed learning

By |2021-08-14T20:47:06+00:00August 14th, 2021|Self-Directed Learning|

When I was researching the Learning Guild report on self-directed learning, I noted an observation that came up in a few articles: that learners who control their own learning do so rather indiscriminately. They don’t exactly plan their approach; they take what they can find and run with it, continuing to explore as their needs [...]

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