“When the school child solves a problem at home the teacher is not standing near him. This help is invisibly present.”
– Lee Vygotsky
“I tell faculty that their real value is not the information stored in their head. A faculty member’s real value is in their interaction with students.”
“The next big killer application on the internet is going to be education. Education over the internet is going to be so big it is going to make e-mail usage look like a rounding error.”
John Chambers, CEO
“There are three things to remember about education. The first one is motivation. The second one is motivation. The third one is motivation.”
– Terrell H. Bell
Addressing learner motivation is a challenging task in an online learning environment. Adult learners who enrol in online courses often have busy lives and demanding family and/or work commitments. It’s not easy for an online adult learner to maintain intrinsic motivation when there are many other priorities in life. However, if the learner finds the learning activities to be interesting and relevant, intrinsic motivation will likely drive them to keep working on the course and meet the learning objectives. This is something I must keep in mind as I develop and instruct my online courses.