Self-Directed Learning

Craig Goodmurphy, PhD

Craig Goodmurphy, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomy at EVMS. Dr. Goodmurphy completed his MSc in Neuromuscular Anatomy at the University of British Columbia and his PhD in Clinical Anatomy and Education at St. George's University.  In 2014 he received the Sir William Osler Outstanding Basic Sciences Educator Award at EVMS. Dr. Goodmurphy created the Anatomy Guy website as a freely and globally available education website in August 2010. He believes that a crucial component of learning involves wanting to learn. In turn an educator should stimulate learners to strive for as much knowledge as they desire in order to satisfy their intellectual curiosity, academic requirements and professional responsibilities.

Self-Directed Learning

Dr. Goodmurphy believes that independent learning strategies work to produce better students for multiple reasons including helps with the long-term retention of information, learners become more invested in the learning process and ultimately become life-long learners. In this "bite" Dr. Goodmurphy discusses self-directed learning and briefly discusses how it's been implemented in the human structure course at EVMS.

At the end of the professional development byte you will be able to:

Explain the benefits of self-directed learning

Adopt self-directed learning in one's own practice

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Self-Directed Learning (CME Credit)

Self-Directed Learning (Non CME Credit)


  1. University of Waterloo - self-directed learning four step process
  2. Blake Boles. The art of self-directed learning: 23 tips for giving yourself an unconventional education. 212 pages.
  3. Charolette Silen and Lars Uhlin (2008) Self-directed learning - a learning issue for students and faculty!  Teaching in Higher Education Vol 13, pg 461-475
  4. Chet Meyers & Thomas B. Jones. (1993) Promoting active learning: strategies for the college classroom. Jossey Bass Publishers. San Franscisco. 198 pages.
  5. The benefits of self-directed learning

Release date: June 1, 2017

Expiration date: May 31, 2020

Dr. Goodmurphy has disclosed he has no relevant financial relationships