Pilot case


Supporting university students’ self-regulation in thesis processes.
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Pilot leader

Emmi Kaila
Teemu Leinonen


School of Arts Design and Architecture


56 students


Aug 2020 – Dec 2021


Doing a master’s thesis or a doctoral dissertation is a highly demanding and also mainly an individual process. Therefore, it can sometimes be difficult to lead and manage the learning process. The goal of this pilot is to design a learning tool that will support students’ self-regulated learning during master’s or doctoral thesis work by offering a learning tool for planning, monitoring and reflecting on the research process and learning related to it. In addition the tool offers a platform for peer support.

Platforms and tools

The pilot will explore the possibilities of developing a mobile app that will support students in their master thesis process. The mobile app will be so called mobile web application (running on a web browser) but designed to be used primary on a mobile phones. The app will be linked to Aalto service platform.

Pedagogical methods

Earlier research has demonstrated that self-regulated leaning is a highly challenging and important in developing high-level expertises. This pilot explores the ways to support students to apply self-regulation in the context of doing independent study work. The pilot will study and model ways to scaffold students self-regulation and explore the possibilities to partly automate them in to mobile app.

Involved courses

DOM-E5096 – Master’s Thesis Seminar (30 ECTS)


Emmi Kaila
School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Media
Pilot leader

Teemu Leinonen
School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Media
Pilot leader

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