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Brissey Critique 2

Brissey Critique 2

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Published by Katelyn Brissey
My 2nd critique on Web2SRL.
My 2nd critique on Web2SRL.

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Published by: Katelyn Brissey on May 29, 2013
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Katelyn BrisseyMay 28, 2013AEET/EDET 780
Huang, Y. M., Huang, Y. M., Wang, C. S., Liu, C. H., & Sandnes, F. E. (2012).Supporting Self-Regulated Learning in Web 2.0 Contexts.
 The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology
187-195. Retrieved fromhttp://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/EJ989027.pdf 
Web2SRL is a Web 2.0 self-regulated learning system that is used as anintervention program for self-learners. The system uses blogs and RSS feeds and helpsstudents select reading strategies and tools for articles. The Web2SRL system seemsto help more with planning and reading in a true student-regulated learningenvironment. The purpose of the study is to answer two questions: 1) What is the effectof the Web2SRL system on high and low achieving students and 2) What are students’perceptions of the Web2SRL system? (Huang, 2012, p. 189-190). The study wasconducted as pre-test and post-test to study the results of using the Web2SRL systemin a web-based learning environment. 39 undergraduate students in Taiwan wereselected. The average participant was 20.5 years, had over 4 years of knowledge withthe Internet, and spent at least an hour on the Internet each day (Huang, 2012, p. 190).There was no other group except this one.The students used the Web2SRL system to learn some computer and Internetbasics. Students also had to take a questionnaire asking their opinion of the Web2SRLsystem at the beginning and a pre-test of their knowledge about new computer andInternet technologies. The pre-test was 30 multiple-choice questions, and students tooka post-test after learning with Web2SRL. The students also took a questionnaire abouttheir opinions of Web2SRL after the experiment. The study found that the Web2SRLsystem was helpful in obtaining knowledge in a web-based learning environment forlow-achieving students. The Web2SRL system seemed to help them take moreresponsibility for their learning and prevented them from getting off track, which is aneasy thing to do on the Internet. The high-achieving students used the built in planning
subsystem much less, which evened the test results of low-achieving and high-achieving students.The study has some limitations, but the researchers contacted domain experts toexamine the validity of some of the questionnaire items. With the questionnaireexamined for validity, the results of the questionnaire seemed to indicate that studentswere more motivated and supportive of the Web2SRL system. Other limitations includethat the study size was small, there not being another group to study in comparison, andthat other factors may have helped students learn the material other than Web2SRL.The next study should be in a more general education class that readily uses blogs andarticles to enhance the curriculum. A web-based English or History class would be agood place to start. I would also include another web-based group in the same class tocompare it to. I would increase the sample size of students for each group and usecomputer-tracking software to see how often they used the system versus learningcompleted without the system. I also think, to make it more realistic, the study couldprovide laptops instead of keeping the students in a lab the entire time. I think morestudents would get off task on their own than in a lab.
There were two research questions in the study: 1) What is the effect of theWeb2SRL system on high and low achieving students and 2) What are students’perceptions of the Web2SRL system? The questions were clearly stated and definedthroughout the study. The review is clearly laid out in an easy to read format. I foundthis refreshing after reading my last research study. The study uses secondary sourcesto support the overall idea of web-based, learner regulated learning. The study alsocites the related studies and puts them into three categories: 1) the analysis of onlineSRL behavior, 2) the application of the SRL strategy, and 3) the development of SRL-based systems (Huang, 2012, p.188). The researchers used this information to assist intheir study and define what they were looking for. The alternative studies and researchincluded SRL learning in problem based learning and found that students who are easilydistracted do better in SRL environments. This seemed to correlate with theexperimental data found in the actual study. The writing is accessible to just aboutanyone with maybe a few explanations needed for the more educational terms. Thematerial is useful for my research topic because my topic was about web-basedlearning. Self-regulated learning is a huge part of that because sometimes students

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