“When the school child solves a problem at home the teacher is not standing near him. This help is invisibly present.”
– Lee Vygotsky


“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.