The Relationship Between Self-Regulation and Online Learning in a Blended Learning Context


  • Richard Lynch
  • Myron Dembo



This study reviewed the distance education and self-regulation literatures to identify learner self-regulation skills predictive of academic success in a blended education context. Five self-regulatory attributes were judged likely to be predictive of academic performance: intrinsic goal orientation, self-efficacy for learning and performance, time and study environment management, help seeking, and Internet self-efficacy. Verbal ability was used as a control measure. Performance was operationalized as final course grades. Data were collected from 94 students in a blended undergraduate marketing course at a west coast American research university (tier one). Regression analysis revealed that verbal ability and self-efficacy related significantly to performance, together explaining 12 percent of the variance in course grades. Self-efficacy for learning and performance alone accounted for 7 percent of the variance.

Keywords: self-regulated learning, blended learning, online learning

Author Biographies

Richard Lynch

Richard Lynch teaches in the graduate program in multimedia-assisted language learning at Woosong University, Korea. He has a PhD in educational psychology/instructional technology from the University of Southern California. He has taught ESL/EFL in Canada, the US, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Thailand, and Korea. His research interests include learner performance and motivation in diverse distance learning contexts. Dr. Lynch’s email address is:

Myron Dembo

Myron H. Dembo is Professor of Education in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He specializes in the areas of learning and motivation, with special focus on teaching students how to become more self-regulated learners. He has written three books and over 70 research articles on the teaching-learning process. Dr. Dembo’s email address is:




How to Cite

Lynch, R., & Dembo, M. (2004). The Relationship Between Self-Regulation and Online Learning in a Blended Learning Context. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 5(2).



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