Effective Learning Strategies for the 21st Century: Implications for the E-Learning

Effective Learning Strategies for the 21st Century: Implications for the E-Learning

Catherine Chen (Ball State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9983-0.ch006
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Abstract

Due to the ubiquity of technology use in today's society, 21st century workers are likely to be knowledge workers who can use computer technologies to perform non-routine tasks. Students in this century are also likely to learn computer skills online. A robust instrument to investigate effective strategies while learning computer skills is needed. Although the Motivated Strategy for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) have been used widely in a conceptual learning environment, it has limitation in assessing students' use of learning strategies in computer software courses. In addition, there have been concerns about the latent factor structure of the MSLQ. This chapter presents a revised learning strategies section of the MSLQ for assessing learning strategies used in a hands-on, computer-skill learning environment. The new instrument contains five learning strategy subscales and exhibits validity and reliability. This revised instrument can be used to assess learning computer skills online.
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Background

To provide the background and the rationale for the study, this section reviews literature on 21st century skills and competencies, SRL, online learning, learning computer skills, and the MSLQ.

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