Learning From Autodidacts Autodidacts are rare, but their proclivities for learning drive many of today's assumptions about how educational technology should promote self-directed learning. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs, founders and leaders of three of the most successful tech companies in the world, are famous autodidacts, known for dropping out of college to pursue their passions. They learned by means other than school, including voracious reading, talking to experts, and plenty of trial and error. Their success in business and their talent for innovation has encouraged some people to forego college and disdain formal training. But for the majority of adults who are not autodidacts, structured learning plays a large role in their development, especially at work.
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