Date of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Dina Anselmi

Second Advisor

David Reuman


Both offline and online measures have advantages and disadvantages as ways of measuring metacognitive skills. The present study compared data using an offline measure of metacognition, The Metacognition Five (MC5), to an online think-aloud and reflect when prompted measure. The online measure used The Oregon Trail, a computer game used in social studies curriculum. The participants were 8th grade students who were asked to play The Oregon Trail once as a “novice” and then again as an “expert” (after having played six additional times on their own). The results suggest there is no difference in correlations between the offline measure and the online measure when assessed for novice versus expert players. Furthermore, especially for expert players, the online measure more strongly correlates with success playing The Oregon Trail than the offline measure. Additionally, online measures were a stronger predictor of course performance than the offline measure. Lastly, there was no significant difference between novice and expert players for mean levels of metacognition. Experts traveled significantly farther than novices but had fewer survivors than the novices.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Psychology.