21st century learning design: Course 5 - self-regulation


Self-regulation occurs when students consciously organize, monitor, evaluate and ultimately take control of their own learning. Educators can design learning activities that assist learners in building and developing their self-regulations skills. 21CLD: Self-Regulation introduces you to the idea of self-regulation and the dimensions of working on long-term projects, students planning their own work and providing opportunities to revise work based on feedback.

Learning objectives

To frame and answer the questions:

  • What are the big ideas in self-regulation?
  • What do we mean by long-term activity?
  • How important is defining learning goals and success criteria in advance of undertaking work?
  • How important is having the opportunity to revise work based on feedback?


Module 1: Overview - what is self-regulation?

Questions to think about:

  • What is meant by the term "self-regulation"?
  • Why is it critical to ensure that students learn self-regulation?

Module 2: The big ideas in self-regulation

Questions to think about:

  • What does the term "learning goals" mean?
  • What does the term "success criteria" mean?
  • Give an example of how students could plan their own work.

Module 3: The self-regulation rubric and decision tree

Questions to think about:

  • What are the four criteria of a learning activity that would allow a code of 4 for self-regulation?
  • What does a code of 2 mean in terms of self-regulation?

Module 4: Examining some self-regulation anchor lessons

Questions to think about:

  • When a teacher gives students the rubric used to grade the work ahead of time, is this considered self regulation? Why or why not?
  • Describe what makes feedback "effective feedback" according to this rubric.

Module 5: Self-regulation in action

Questions to think about:

  • In this lesson, what evidence exists that shows that the students planned their own work?
  • In this lesson, what evidence exists that the students were able to revise their work based on feedback?

Module 6: Self-regulation in action in your classroom

Questions to think about:

  • Think of a learning activity you will do with your students in the next 1-3 weeks. What would you code it (in terms of self-regulation) and why?
  • If it isn’t at a code of 4, how could you modify it to bring it up at least one level?




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