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Instructional Science

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 193–211 | Cite as

Supporting self-regulated hypermedia learning through prompts

  • Maria Bannert
  • Peter Reimann
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Abstract

The aim of this research was to develop and evaluate tools and supports for self-regulated learning with hypertext information structures, such as Web pages. Two kinds of supports for self-regulated learning were developed and tested experimentally: Prompting and Prompting with Training. In Experiment 1, Prompting was tested with a pre-post-test between subject design, including thinking-aloud data. Students of the experimental group (n = 20) were prompted for self-regulation activities that had to be followed while learning basic learning theory. No self-regulation support was offered in the control group (n = 20). In Experiment 2 (Prompting with Training), the experimental group (n = 20) received a short training, in addition to the prompting: the self-regulated learning activities were explained in detail, demonstrated and practiced right before the learning session. Again, no self-regulation support was offered in the control group (n = 20). Analyses of learning processes and learning outcomes confirm partly the positive effects of both measures of self-regulated learning prompts. The more extended measure (with training) had superior effects on students’ learning transfer performance and acceptance. Implications for the design of instructional support to improve self-regulated learning with computer-based learning environments are discussed.

Keywords

Self-regulated learning Metacognition Prompts Hypermedia 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This paper was written during a research stay at the Centre for Research on Computer-Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo), Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia, which was supported by funds from the German Science Foundation (DFG: BA 2044/5-1).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Educational MediaChemnitz University of TechnologyChemnitzGermany
  2. 2.Centre for Research on Computer-Supported Learning and CognitionUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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