About the webinar

In today's fast-paced world, it is essential for learners to possess the skills that empower them to regulate their own learning. Self-regulated learning (SRL) has been identified as one such skill that is crucial for success in the 21st century. SRL refers to the ability of learners to manage their own learning by setting goals, monitoring progress, identifying resources, and adjusting strategies as needed. The purpose of this presentation is to explore the concept of self-regulated learning through the lens of 21st-century skills.

The 21st century is marked by rapid technological advancements, globalisation, and a shift towards a knowledge-based economy. As a result, learning has become more complex and demanding. It is no longer enough to just acquire knowledge; learners must develop skills that enable them to continuously learn and adapt to changing circumstances. These skills include critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and SRL.

This presentation will present an overview of SRL, including its definition, components, and benefits. It will then explore how SRL aligns with and supports the development of 21st-century skills. Specifically, the presentation will address how the ability to regulate one's own learning is an essential component of critical thinking, the ability to analyse and evaluate information, draw conclusions, and make decisions based on evidence.

Additionally, the presentation will examine how SRL can enhance communication skills. By managing one's own learning, learners can identify their strengths and weaknesses, seek feedback, and adjust their communication strategies accordingly. This can lead to more effective and collaborative communication, both in academic and professional settings. 

Lastly, the presentation will discuss practical strategies and tools that can be used to promote SRL and 21st-century skills in educational settings. These may include technology-based learning platforms, self-reflection activities, and peer feedback mechanisms.

About the speakers

Dr Daniel Tiruneh

Dr. Daniel Tiruneh (PhD) is an Assistant Professor at Kotebe University of Education, where he brings his passion for language education and expertise in Applied Linguistics and Communication to the forefront. Dr. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Education in English from Dilla University (2004), a Master's Degree in TEFL from Addis Ababa University (2006), and a PhD in Applied Linguistics and Communication from Addis Ababa University (2014). In addition to his academic qualifications, he also obtained a CELTA certification from Cambridge University in 2014, further enriching his expertise in language teaching. With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Daniel has established himself as a dedicated educator in English language teaching. He has been actively involved in teaching English to both diploma and degree students since 2006, providing a solid foundation in the language. Since 2015, he has taken on additional responsibilities, including teaching, examining, and supervising MA students, guiding them in their academic pursuits.

Dr. Daniel’s commitment to academic excellence is also demonstrated through his administrative roles. He served as the Faculty Dean at Kotebe University of Education. He also worked as a Director for Revenue Generation and Enhancement Directorate, leveraging his expertise to drive growth and improvement within the institution.

Dr. Daniel has a number of publication with colleagues a variety of topics including discourse analysis, Passionate about research and knowledge exchange, Dr.Daniel aspires to enhance his field through collaborations and networking. He aims to initiate and cultivate partnerships with fellow educators and researchers both locally and internationally. By actively engaging in conferences and academic discussions, he seeks to contribute to advancements in applied linguistics, communication, and language education. Dr. Daniel is also dedicated to mentorship and supervision. He believes in nurturing the next generation of educators and researchers, providing guidance and support to early-career teachers and graduate students. Through mentorship programs, he aims to share his expertise and empower others to excel in their professional journeys.

Dr Getachew Baye

Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1979, Dr. Getachew Baye was educated at the Addis Ababa University where he received his BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He taught English at Haramaya University (where he chaired the Department of English), Defense University ( where he directed the Research and Publication Department and later the Directorate for Educational Quality and Relevance), Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, Addis Ababa University and currently  Kotebe University of Education ( where he served as the Dean of The Faculty of Education, and currently he is serving as the Director for the Center of Languages Development and Improvement) Dr.Getachew has published a number of articles and coauthored a number of them with his colleagues. Most of his articles are in the field of second language teaching. He has also taught a number of ELT courses for post-graduate students and supervised dozens of theses. He is also known as a frequent speaker on ELT and other politico-governance issues on different research symposiums and the mainstream media here in  Ethiopia.

Dr. Getachew, apart from being a specialist in English Language Teaching, has also done two MA degrees, MA in Political Science and International Relations from the Addis Ababa University and an MA in Leadership and Good Governance from the Ethiopian Civil Service University in 2007 and 2018 respectively.

Apart from his teaching career, Dr.Getachew also served the then-Ethiopian Radio and Television enterprise, now called The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation for two years as English Language News Editor, News Castor and Program Producer among which his program called Africa in Focus was a popular one among the audience, according to audience survey conducted by the radio station by then. Dr. Getachew had also served the Addis Ababa City Administration Instant and Supreme courts as an English Language translator and interpreter of live court proceedings.

Date recorded:

Sunday 27 August 2023