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Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online EBOOK

, Indiana University, United States ; , University of Waikato, New Zealand

Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online. Published . ISBN 978-1-4961-6272-4 Publisher: OpenWorldBooks.com and Amazon CreateSpace.

Abstract

Many ideas and events led to the development of the TEC-VARIETY framework and the 100+ activities for motivating and retaining online learners described in this book. Much of it has its roots in the mid-1980s, long before most educators had ever heard of fully online or blended learning. At the same time, the activities take advantage of the recently emerging technologies as well as innovative pedagogical practices of the twenty-first century. Chapters on learning relevance, engagement, collaboration, and interactivity as well as ones on learner autonomy, curiosity, product generation, and so form the centerpiece of this book. In addition, there is a chapter on how to support and motivate more hesitant or novice online instructors. For further information on the book or to download the entire free e-book as well as individual chapters for FREE or to purchase the paperback or Kindle versions, please see: http://tec-variety.com/

Citation

Bonk, C.J. & Khoo, E. (2014). Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online. OpenWorldBooks.com and Amazon CreateSpace.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

xii

About the Authors

xiii

Preface to TEC-VARIETY

1

Introducing TEC-VARIETY

7

Online Learning Attrition and Retention: Theory to Practice

19

Online Motivation from Four Perspectives

31

Activities for Principle #1: Tone/Climate (Psychological Safety, Comfort, and Sense of Belonging)

45

 Activities for Principle #2: Encouragement (Feedback, Responsiveness, Praise, and Supports)

69

Activities for Principle #3: Curiosity (Surprise, Intrigue, and Unknowns)

91

Activities for Principle #4: Variety (Novelty, Fun, and Fantasy)

115

Activities for Principle #5: Autonomy (Choice, Control, Flexibility, and Opportunities)

137

Activities for Principle #6: Relevance (Meaningful, Authentic, and Interesting)

157

Activities for Principle #7: Interactivity (Collaborative, Team-Based, and Community)

181

Activities for Principle #8: Engagement (Effort, Involvement, and Investment)

209

Activities for Principle #9: Tension (Challenge, Dissonance, and Controversy)

233

Activities for Principle #10: Yielding Products (Goal Driven, Purposeful Vision, and Ownership)

257

Supporting and Motivating Instructors

279

Recapping TEC-VARIETY

291

Web Links, Examples, and Resources.

 299

References

319

Index

347