Testing self-directed learning strategies

Students studying

Lead Researcher:
Neil Seftor

Using features of technologies available in online courses, the rapid-cycle experiments will test the effects of specific, technology-enabled instructional strategies for helping students apply and continue to strengthen self-directed learning skills. The studies, which will also test new technology features that developers identify as feasible and promising, will take place in introductory STEM courses such as biology, psychology, chemistry, and algebra.

The experiments will help Collaborative researchers and partners understand which technology-supported teaching strategies help strengthen students’ self-directed learning skills and improve academic outcomes, and how the effects vary based on implementation factors and instructor or student characteristics. The findings will inform the development of an integrated course instructional model and related guidance for faculty and those who support faculty.