Topic 3: Choosing the right digital tools to support student self-regulated learning

Supporting e-learners in planning and self-regulating their learning, particularly in contexts where direct instructor support is minimal, requires technologies that empower students to set goals, manage their time effectively, track their progress, and access resources independently. The right digital technologies for these purposes should enhance self-organization, provide opportunities for self-assessment, and enable easy access to learning materials and support. It’s important that these technologies are accompanied by guidance on how to use them effectively for self-regulated learning. Workshops, tutorials, and resources on developing self-regulation skills can be invaluable for students transitioning to more autonomous e-learning environments.
By combining these tools with supportive educational practices, students can be better equipped to manage their own learning journey, even in the absence of direct, immediate feedback from instructors.

Here are some technologies that can foster self-regulation in an e-learning context:

Personal Learning Environments (PLEs)
PLEs allow learners to create and manage their own learning content, set goals, and reflect on their learning journey, promoting a sense of ownership and self-direction.

Time Management and Productivity Tools
These tools help students organize their study schedules, set reminders for deadlines, and break down tasks into manageable steps, aiding in time management and prioritization.

Goal Setting and Tracking Apps
Apps designed for setting, tracking, and reminding about learning goals can motivate students and keep them accountable to their self-set learning objectives.

Digital Portfolios and Reflective Journals
E-portfolios and blogging platforms allow students to document their learning, reflect on their progress, and receive feedback, which is essential for self-regulation.

Adaptive Learning Platforms
These platforms adapt to a student’s learning pace, providing personalized pathways through content and immediate feedback on performance.

Online Forums and Study Groups
Online forums and study groups provide spaces for peer support and discussion, helping to mitigate feelings of isolation.

Self-Assessment and Quiz Tools
These tools enable students to test their knowledge and receive immediate feedback, which is crucial for self-regulation in the absence of direct instructor feedback.

Mind Mapping and Concept Mapping Tools
Mind mapping tools help in organizing thoughts, planning assignments, and visualizing concepts, which can aid in understanding and remembering information.

Learning Analytics Tools
Analytics provide students with insights into their learning patterns, engagement levels, and areas for improvement.

E-Learning Authoring Tools
For more advanced users, creating their own learning materials can deepen understanding and engagement with the content.

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) for Immersive Learning
VR and AR can provide immersive learning experiences that are self-guided, helping students to explore and learn at their own pace.

Smith, E.d.. (2020, April, 30). Supporting self-regulated learning. [YouTube Video].

Learn more:

Jin, SH., Im, K., Yoo, M. et al. (2023). Supporting students’ self-regulated learning in online learning using artificial intelligence applications. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 20 ,. 37.

Learn more:

Romaniuk, S.N. (2018. April 14). 25 Important Apps And Digital Learning Tools For University Students [blog]. eLearning Industry.