One who is self‐motivated to learn and is able to do so without direct supervision and prompting. Most educators in the United Kingdom would claim that one of the aims of education is to produce such learners. This is sometimes expressed as helping individuals to ‘learn how to learn’. For autonomous learning to become a possibility, the learner needs to be equipped with appropriate skills, including those necessary for carrying out research, problem‐solving, or analysis. For the autonomous learner, the teacher becomes a facilitator of the learning process, rather than a source of information or instruction.