Self-regulated learning strategies for the power user of technology
Kadlec, Christopher Anthony
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Learning on one’s own is the primary way in which users of technology learn. The specific learning strategies, the triggers to use these strategies and the motivations to learn have not been explored in the IS/IT context. This research explores the self-regulated learning strategies used by highly successful learners of information technology. These learners, power users, typically learn on their own, get more value from the technology than their peers, and serve as support for the organization in the use of the technology. The strategies used when learning on their own are the self-regulated learning strategies. Since these learners have been highly successful in learning the technology, the strategies that they have employed are of interest. A complete list of self-regulated learning strategies found in the literature for the adult learner is established. Power users of ERP systems are then used as subjects to see which of these strategies are used. A critical incident technique is used to gather rich information related to learning technology with an emphasis on the learning of ERP applications. Using content analysis, additional strategies are found to be used in the IS/IT context. Key self-regulated learning strategies used in the IS/IT context are defined and an initial view of how power users learn is presented. Additional research in this area is required and research areas are offered.