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Gladys Arome


Multimedia learning may be more effective than text-only methods. Researchers have not examined the effects of metacognitive strategies on self-regulated learning (SR) within multimedia learning environments (MLE). The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to examine potential differences in learning and SR skills between students who use a script as a self-assessment tool and students who do not, while creating a conceptual map. The cognitive-affective theory of learning with media was used to frame the study. The sample included 87 secondary school students from a public school in Puerto Rico, enrolled in 11th and 12th grade English courses. Control and treatment groups completed a questionnaire to measure group difference in goal orientations at the beginning of the study. A t-test results indicated differences between the groups in disposition, and motivation variables. SR was measured before and after the implementation process through questionnaires. A 1-way ANOVA showed no differences in SR skills used by both groups. Results showed no differences in learning in both groups. A multiple regression was run to predict learning from group, disposition, and motivation variables. Results indicated the variable group as the most significant predicting the learning process. These results may encourage more research on SR strategies including a focus on different academic content, self-assessment instruments, and variables related to SR in MLE. These findings can contribute to positive social change in guiding teachers, students, and multimedia designers to develop MLE and SR processes to enhance student performance and obtain better academic results.