Strategies for Motivating Online Learners (Developing an Online Community…
Strategies for Motivating Online Learners
Feedback and Reward
Blackboard Achievements and Badges
: Highlights milestones and encourages participation.
: The use of game based design, techniques and elements in learning in order to increase motivation.
Personalised Individual Timely Feedback
This is critical to ensure that students are engaged and motivated to move forward fully informed of their performance levels.
Developing an Online Community
Group Assignments can help to create communication between students and lead to community
Encouraging peer support and feedback
Communities of Practice
The temporal properties of
e-learning: an exploratory study
of academics’ conceptions
Awareness of how Technology impacts Student Engagement
Be aware of demotivation coming from poor internet access to the module, how is this assessed and attributed?
Students may not have access to a solid internet connection, may experience mic or audio difficulties. Make recordings of webinars available and consider the impact of chat availability.
Consider whether the webinars are making sense if there is an issue with disconnection
Can tasks be submitted on time?
It is important to ensure that group work is given the appropriate amount of time, esp when dealing with adult learners who have other commitments.
Participation can be difficult to assess, are students who are inactive during the webinar engaging passively or not at all?
Can this be assessed through a mandatory participation, Q&A or similar alternative?
Consider the distraction of chat room activity during Webinar
The chat facility, while useful for engaging some students can negatively impact the participation of others, esp those for whom english is a second language.
Usefulness and Relevance of the Course
Helping Students Find Relevance
how to adress various factors that impact students' ability to learn eg. skills, competencies, learning styles, age, demographics, cultural background, the level of education etc.
What to Personalise
Ways to Personalise
'live' element -
introducing some sorts of live interaction - e.g. chats, webinars to increase sense of belonging
Monitoring / Observation,
Analytics is not the same thing as assessment. The analysis of student engagement in learning could be used to contribute to influencing students success, motivation etc.
Encourage Self-Directed Learning
Personal Learning Contract and Objective
Let them control and Personalise content (e.g. choose topics, assignments types etc)
Graphic Design, Instructional Design. Motivational Design
as factors that could improve or discourage students from getting engaged (e.g is it user-friendly, is it accessible, logically structured etc. )
Personalisation in Design
Motivation, Usability and their Interrelationships
The systematic application of motivational design principles with learning focused usability design can lead to the higher students engagement, persistence and reduced attrition.
The most positive results are achieved when both usability design and motivational design were applied together.