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