Impact of metacognitive awareness on learning in technology enhanced learning environments
Cemal Nat, Muesser, Walker, Simon, Bacon, Liz, Dastbaz, Mohammad and Flynn, Ryan (2011) Impact of metacognitive awareness on learning in technology enhanced learning environments. In: eTeaching and Learning Workshop, 1 June 2011, The University of Greenwich, London, UK. (Unpublished)
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With the advent of internet technologies and the closer integration of mobile and ubiquitous devices, learning and teaching has changed the way we view the learning process. Indisputably, there are many ways of using technology to support students’ learning which enables them to manage the pace, time and place of their learning. Technology enhanced learning (TEL) can place students at the centre of the learning process, but this means that students need to take more responsibility for their learning. The literature refers to this as self-directed and self-regulated learning (Liu, Gomez, Khan and Yen, 2007; Nicol, 2006). Students can take more control over their learning and develop leadership of their own ‘learning curve’. Self-directed learning includes management of the learning materials, monitoring learning progress and regulating cognitive learning styles. However, this requires students to develop metacognitive strategies so they can identify their own learning styles in the appropriate formal and informal learning situations. This paper aims to investigate the impact of students’ metacognitive awareness on their learning outcomes within technology enhanced learning environments and concludes that the design of a TEL environment and the development of students’ metacognitive skills have a direct bearing on learning performance.
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