Measuring the impact of technological scaffolding interventions on micro-level processes of self-regulated workplace learning

Melody Siadaty, Dragan Gašević, Marek Hatala

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This paper reports on the findings of an exploratory study in which the effects of technological scaffolding interventions on micro-level processes of self-regulated learning in the workplace were investigated. Empirical research in the workplace has been much less represented than in formal education. Even less research is available that aimed to identify which technological scaffolding interventions, out of those available in a learning environment, had the highest influence on specific micro-level process of self-regulated learning. This paper reports on the findings of a case study conducted in the naturalistic settings of two organizations in Europe (N = 53) for the period of two months. Trace data about the events of engagement with the technological scaffolding interventions and micro-level processes of self-regulated learning were collected. Both a transition graph based analysis of the temporal dependencies of the collected events and multiple linear regression analyses showed that an intervention that promoted social awareness had consistently the highest effect on all the micro-level processes used in the study. This intervention was followed by the intervention that offered system-generated recommendations about learning paths, learning activities and knowledge assets to stimulate engagement into the micro-level processes within the forethought or preparatory phase of self-regulated learning. These findings suggest that both the social and organizational contexts should be taken into account when developing interventions aimed at supporting the forethought and engagement phases. Further discussion about research, methodological, and learning technology design implications is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-482
Number of pages14
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Learning analytics
  • Learning scaffolding
  • Learning technology
  • Micro-level processes
  • Self-regulated learning
  • Workplace learning

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