Learning to learn and self-regulation are key skills that are crucial for both distance learning and learning with new media. IFeL examines corresponding learning scenarios and identifies the factors that are relevant for a successful learning process. This research is used as a basis for designing and developing indirect support measures e.g. in the form of study feedback or identifying problems or direct measures such as classic training or community-based learning approaches (online).
When we prepare or realise research, development and consultation projects, we make a point of incorporating the factors that are relevant to the individual context. Key elements include learning objectives, assignment types, the learning environment, existing learning skills and knowledge and motivational and emotional factors.
Our approach to research involves basing our statements on empirical facts. We deploy both self-reporting techniques such as questionnaires, thinking aloud, interviews, protocols and learning journals and behaviour-based tools such as video observation, log-file analyses and eye-tracking. Methods are combined to address particular questions.