Understanding and Applying Motivational Theories in Online Learning Environments
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Mayall, H. (2012). Understanding and Applying Motivational Theories in Online Learning Environments. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 642-646). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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Building motivating and engaging online learning environments provide many challenges for the online instructor. Because of the impersonal nature of the online learning environment, instructors should carefully consider engagement and motivational theory when it comes to course design. By first understanding some of the key motivational theories, online instructors can then apply some best-practices when designing online courses. Goal theory, attribution theory, self-regulation theory, and flow theory are discussed with practical applications to online learning.
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