Lecturer Motivating Student to Realize Autonomous Learning: with Particular Reference to the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Universitas Islam Sultan Agung (Unissula) Semarang Indonesia

Muhammad Muhtar Arifin Sholeh


 This study focuses on autonomous learning and how to motivate students in order to realize autonomous learning. The main purpose of the study is to describe the conception of autonomous learning and to motivate students in order to do it. The research subjects of this research are the lecturers of Unissula, especially Religious Science lecturers in the Faculty of Islamic Studies. Data collection was by in-depth interview which was conducted with 19 lecturers. The data were analysed using a qualitative approach. The qualitative data were analysed to describe in detail how autonomous learning is understood and promoted. The religious science lecturers conclude autonomous learning as follows: Students must prepare learning materials, read them deeply for enrichment, and be active in discussion, with the teacher as a facilitator, a motivator, and a moderator. They must seek a range of learning (information) resources and look for references by themselves. Learning methods depend on the student. There is no pressure to learn autonomously. Learning awareness is also very important in autonomous learning. the Religious Science lecturers have made some efforts to motivate students to be autonomous and disciplined, i.e. to explain the use of autonomous learning, to give students general learning material for students to develop and look for learning resources autonomously, to give them structured and autonomous assignments (individual or group), give questions to them before finishing the lecture, to encourage them to read many literature, and give problems related to the lecture.

Keywords: Motivation, Lecturer, Student, Autonomous Learning, Indonesia

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