Setting CAST Goals to Boost Success

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Learning Strategies
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  Virtual session

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In this strategy-sharing video, we will describe a framework for setting studying goals grounded in self-regulated learning theory and research. CAST goals (McCardle et al., 2017) focus on individual study sessions (e.g., an online lecture/seminar, reading for a course, studying for an exam, etc.) and include four components: content (what course concepts, ideas, etc. to focus on while studying), actions (how to work with or process the content), standard (a concrete measure of progress), and time parameters (time and length of the study session). CAST goals are beneficial because they prompt learners to engage in planning, metacognitive monitoring, and adaptation all key ingredients to achieving success in any learning context. CAST goals are also adaptable to learners needs and to different tasks (e.g., learners may need to focus on setting fewer and/or smaller goals just to get started). When learners begin to accomplish their goals, this can build a sense of efficacy, which can motivate them to persist. In the video, we will briefly discuss the benefits of CAST goals along with tips to support learners using this framework.
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Flowerstone Learning Services
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Flowerstone Learning Services

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