Measuring Behaviors and Identifying Indicators of Self-Regulation in Computer-Assisted Language Learning Courses

Huiyong Li, Brendan Flanagan, Shin'ichi Konomi, Hiroaki Ogata

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Abstract

The aim of this research is to measure self-regulated behavior and identify significant behavioral indicators in computer-assisted language learning courses. The behavioral measures were based on log data from 2454 freshman university students from Art and Science departments for 1 year. These measures reflected the degree of self-regulation, including anti-procrastination, irregularity of study interval, and pacing. Clustering analysis was conducted to identify typical patterns of learning pace, and hierarchical regression analysis was performed to examine significant behavioral indicators in the online course. The results of learning pace clustering analysis revealed that the final course point average in different clusters increased with the number of completed quizzes, and students who had procrastination behavior were more likely to achieve lower final course points. Furthermore, the number of completed quizzes and study interval irregularity were strong predictors of course performance in the regression model. It clearly indicated the importance of self-regulation skill, in particular completion of assigned tasks and regular learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19
JournalResearch and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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