Supporting Success through Educational Technology Innovations: Prompting Students’ Self-Regulated Learning

COIL is proud to support the Supporting Success through Educational Technology Innovations: Prompting Students’ Self-Regulated Learning project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.

Abstract:

This project targets a new innovative instruction and learning app. The app was conceptualized, designed, and developed through a collaborative TLT fellowship during 2015-2016 academic year and is in early use and continued development during the 2016-2017 academic year. It represents a unique resource available to Penn State instructors and their students that provides bi-directional instructional support. Through the app, instructors send course-specific prompts, or nudges, to their students.

Nudges represent theoretically grounded and empirically supported self-regulated learning scaffolds known to directly impact students’ learning and engagement. Nudges specifically target students’ resource management, motivation, practice, cognitive strategy use, and metacognitive awareness and regulation. Students receive and answer nudge supports through the LMS, or through push to hand-held devices. Of importance, unlike existing reminder tools, nudges provoke a response from students and thereby establish out-of-class communication and learning support between instructor and students, which is specifically intended to benefit engagement and learning. The current project emphasizes research, design and development, and expansion. Data from the project will be used to inform further design and development of this innovative tool, answer research questions about the effectiveness of the app for student learning and achievement, and support externally funded research proposals.

Team:

  • Rayne A. Sperling (PI): Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE), College of Education, University Park
  • Ben Brautigam: Manager of Advanced Learning Projects, Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), The Pennsylvania State University
  • Kelly Butzler: Associate Professor of Chemistry, Penn College of Technology
  • David Falvo: Senior Lecturer of Mathematics, Penn State Behrend
  • Amy Garbrick: Director of the Office of Learning Design, College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), University Park
  • Simon Hooper: Professor of Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT), College of Education, University Park
  • Justin Miller: Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), The Pennsylvania State University
  • Peter Olszewski: Lecturer of Mathematics, Penn State Behrend
  • Bart Pursell: Information Sciences and Technology (IST); Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), The Pennsylvania State University
  • Crystal Ramsay: Research Project Manager, Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), The Pennsylvania State University
  • Sherwyn Saul: Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), The Pennsylvania State University
  • Carolyn Strickland: Vice President for Enrollment Management/Associate Provost, Penn College of Technology

Contact:

Rayne A. Sperling
rsd7@psu.edu
(814) 863-2261


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