What is self-directed learning all about ?
There are a variety of definitions as to what SDL is all about and going through all of them I found that Knowles has been very articulate in the way he defined SDL.
“In its broadest meaning, ’self-directed learning’ describes a process by which individuals take the initiative, with our without the assistance of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identify human and material resources for learning, choosing and implement appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes.” (Knowles, 1975, p. 18
Here is a great graphic we came across in this wiki. The graphic sheds more light on the elements of self-directed learning. You can also check this article from Centre for Teaching Excellence to learn more about SDL