The Role of SRL and TELEs in Distance Education: Narrowing the Gap

The Role of SRL and TELEs in Distance Education: Narrowing the Gap

Maureen Snow Andrade (Utah Valley University, USA) and Ellen L. Bunker (Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-901-5.ch007
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Abstract

Self-regulated learning (SRL), defined as learners taking responsibility for their own learning (Dembo & Eaton, 2000), is a critical component for success in distance education. Distance education contexts, typically TELEs (Technology Enhanced Learning Environments), also have the potential to foster SRL. This chapter focuses on the importance of SRL in distance education, specifically in higher education and lifelong learning contexts, and how SRL can mediate the gap between the learner and instructor and decrease the distance that may be created by Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The chapter reviews the use of ICT in distance education, explicates key terms related to SRL, presents a model for course design, and illustrates how behaviors of key stakeholders can support development of SRL.

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