SELFLEX: Towards Evidence-informed Support for Self-regulation of Flexible Learning

Project: Research



Higher education offers great flexibility as students are largely free to decide where, when, and how to study. Being successful in such an environment requires well-developed self-regulated learning skills. However, every teacher in higher education knows that students experience ample difficulty to self-regulate their learning. They struggle to set and plan learning goals, and to gain sufficient depth in learning when preparing for exams. These struggles can negatively impact their learning, well-being, academic achievement, and professional life. On top of the existing flexibility in higher education, a need for more flexibility in what students learn is becoming evident. That is, students have room for flexible learning
approaches (i.e., deciding what learning goals or materials to study and how) and/or flexible learning trajectories (i.e.,
choosing what combination of courses to take). This places an additional burden on students’ self-regulated learning skills. We posit that for students to thrive in flexible higher education, practice-oriented research on supporting students’self-regulated learning skills is required. Our collaborative consortium will i) unravel how students can be optimally scaffolded within flexible learning approaches and flexible learning trajectories, ii) examine how to optimize teacher and technological support, and iii) study how student autonomy and motivation can be guarded. We will set up a practice-oriented research program with both qualitative and quantitative methods, including design-based research, action research, pre-post comparative intervention studies, and large-scale correlational research. The findings will impact higher education through (technological) design guidelines and intervention programs for educational professionals, and
support-modules for students.
Korte titelSELFLEX
Effectieve start/einddatum1/09/2331/08/27

Samenwerkende partners

  • Hanze
  • Universiteit Maastricht (hoofd)
  • Erasmus Universiteit
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Avans Hogeschool
  • Radboud University
  • Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam