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Education Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 785065, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/785065
Research Article

Development and Evaluation of a Computer-Based Learning Environment for Teachers: Assessment of Learning Strategies in Learning Journals

1Department of Psychology, University of Freiburg, Engelbergerstr. 41, 79085 Freiburg, Germany
2Department of Mathematics Education, University of Education, Kunzenweg 21, 79117 Freiburg, Germany
3Department of Educational Science, University of Freiburg, Rempartstr. 11, 79098 Freiburg, Germany

Received 1 June 2012; Revised 26 November 2012; Accepted 13 January 2013

Academic Editor: Nancy Perry

Copyright © 2013 Inga Glogger et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Training teachers to assess important components of self-regulated learning such as learning strategies is an important, yet somewhat neglected, aspect of the integration of self-regulated learning at school. Learning journals can be used to assess learning strategies in line with cyclical process models of self-regulated learning, allowing for rich formative feedback. Against this background, we developed a computer-based learning environment (CBLE) that trains teachers to assess learning strategies with learning journals. The contents of the CBLE and its instructional design were derived from theory. The CBLE was further shaped by research in a design-based manner. Finally, in two evaluation studies, student teachers ( ; ) worked with the CBLE. We analyzed satisfaction, interest, usability, and assessment skills. Additionally, in evaluation study 2, effects of an experimental variation on motivation and assessment skills were tested. We found high satisfaction, interest, and good usability, as well as satisfying assessment skills, after working with the CBLE. Results show that teachers can be trained to assess learning strategies in learning journals. The developed CBLE offers new perspectives on how to support teachers in fostering learning strategies as central component of effective self-regulated learning at school.