User perceptions of using an open learner model visualisation tool for facilitating self-regulated learning

Check Yee Law, John Grundy, Andrew Cain, Rajesh Vasa, Alex Cummaudo

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Ways to encourage self-regulated learning have become a hot topic in higher education. In this research study, we explored users' perceptions regarding the uptake and effective use of an open learner model visualisation prototype tool-Doubtfire++, in facilitating student self-regulated learning supporting Taskoriented Portfolio teaching and learning. We investigated students' perceptions of setting appropriate goals, monitoring performance and reflecting on learning through the use of the visualisation tool to support students in becoming self-regulated learners. Data was collected from 134 users using an online survey questionnaire. Results show that Doubtfire++ positively impacted users' perceptions of setting appropriate goals, monitoring performance and reflecting on learning. User role, experience using Doubtfire++, frequency of using Doubtfire++ and different teaching units significantly impacted respondents' perceptions whereas gender and familiarity with information visualisation techniques had no impact on respondents' perceptions. The results indicate that the approach can facilitate student self-regulated learning, especially for those new to Taskoriented Portfolio teaching and learning of programming units.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Nineteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2017)
EditorsDonna Teague, Raina Mason
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450348232
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian Computing Education Conference 2017 - Geelong, Australia
Duration: 31 Jan 20173 Feb 2017
Conference number: 19th (Proceedings)


ConferenceAustralasian Computing Education Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleACE 2017
OtherACE is held in conjunction with Australasian Computer Science Week (ACSW).
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  • Constructive alignment
  • Education
  • Information visualisation
  • Open learner model
  • Outcome-based learning
  • Self-regulated learning

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