Learner autonomy has been identified as a very important competence for all individuals during their intellectual development. Thus, this ability to control the learning process has urged educators to initiate various pedagogies for better quality learning. In the morning of March 21st 2017, we were honored to welcome Prof. James Chapman from Institute of Education, Massey University, New Zealand, to share with us his significant research on this issue.
The seminar attracted around 30 participants, including undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and lecturers from different institutions in Ho Chi Minh City such as University of Social Sciences and Humanities (VNU-HCMC), HCMC Open University, Saigon University, V-Star School, AUS International School, Mien Dong University of Technology, and HCMC University of Technology and Education. The seminar has initiated several discussions relevant to the effective teaching techniques for the promotion of learner autonomy, the differences between successful stories in other countries and contextual characteristics of Vietnam, the requirements for learner autonomy development and perceptions of Vietnamese learners.
In short, the seminar has been thought-provoking and inspiring, triggering different ideas for further research and teaching practice.