A comparison of the effects of nine activities within a self-directed learning environment on skill-grained learning


Ari Bader-Natal, Thomas Lotze and Daniel Furr

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17. 13:30-15:00, Friday 1 July


Self-directed learners value the ability to make decisions about their own learning experiences. Educational systems can accommodate these learners by providing a variety of different activities and study contexts among which learners may choose. When creating a software-based environment for these learners, system architects incorporate activities designed to be both effective and engaging. Once these activities are made available to students, researchers can evaluate these activities by analyzing observed usage and performance data by asking: Which of these activities are most engaging? Which are most effective? Answers to these questions enable a system designer to highlight and encourage those activities that are both effective and popular, to refine those that are either effective or popular, and to reconsider or remove those that are neither effective nor popular. In this paper, we discuss Grockit -- a web-based environment offering self-directed learners a wide variety of activities -- and use a mixed-effects logistic regression model to model the effectiveness of nine of these supplemental interventions on skill-grained learning.


self-directed learning, learner control, skill-grained evaluation