As I was reading through this week’s material, I couldn’t help but wish that all of my students were self-regulated learners. What would it be like to not have to constantly remind certain students about deadlines?
I do not plan to actively address self-regulated learning in my online module. The module is composed of several distinct lessons that are structured to lead the students through discovery, research, and acquisition of data. Students will be required to perform the lessons in sequence, and will be time-bound (1st response due by x -date, follow-up to responses due by y-date, etc.). Timing is being determined for them, not by them (with the exception of the determination of whether they will do the assignment or not). The final assignment of the module will introduce an element of the self-regulated learning cycle – I am asking them to reflect on what they have learned during the module. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out, since they have not had to do anything like this previously in the class.
I do have one question about this topic – what is the right age to expect students to be able to handle this? Those students moving on to college will be expected to have mastered this, for if they have not, they will not succeed. But when do we remove the structure and let them try it on their own?