Learning. Design. Analytics: CNDLS Guest Blogging on Improve with Metacognition

The Improve with Metacognition blog explores the learning process through a focus on metacognition, or “the use of reflective awareness to make timely adjustments (self-regulation) to behaviors that support a goal-directed process.” In other words, they and their guest bloggers explore the way that thinking about teaching and learning can lead to better teaching and learning. Starting now, that list of guest bloggers includes CNDLS’ Learning Design team, in a mini-series of posts under the title “Learning. Design. Analytics.”

The series will be taking a deep look at how instructors’ thinking develops as they engage in learning design. More exactly, “this mini series explores whether and how instructors’ metacognitive awareness about their own teaching is influenced through the process of designing and teaching online or hybrid courses.”

In the first post in the series, CNDLS Director of Learning Design Yianna Vovides describes the way that faculty development during course design—in this case, working with an instructor to help create and manage an online or hybrid course—can help faculty become more “aware of their own approaches to teaching and learning, aware of what it takes to design and teach a course in another mode, and…aware that good design and teaching involves planning, monitoring, reflecting, evaluating, and adapting existing practices.” As the post details, when all involved are guided by the right questions, this interaction leads to a “process of transformation.”

In the second post, CNDLS Online Programs Manager Zhuqing Ding writes about the way that “instructional designers play the role of a change agent” by using “learning analytics as evidence to initiate faculty members’ metacognition, thereby inspiring changes to future iterations of the course.” These kinds of analytics might demonstrate, for example, the effectiveness of including practice quizzes in an online course to help students prepare well for larger exams. 

Stay tuned to Improve with Metacognition for future posts in this series! Topics will include:

  • Scripting Lectures, a Metacognitive Process
  • Metacognitive design to support metacognitive learning