Motivation, Volition, and Engagement in Online Distance Learning
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Motivation, Volition, and Engagement in Online Distance Learning

Hasan Ucar (Anadolu University, Turkey) and Alper Tolga Kumtepe (Anadolu University, Turkey)
Pages: 300|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7681-6
ISBN13: 9781799876816|ISBN10: 1799876810|EISBN13: 9781799876830|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799876823
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Description

Motivation is an important factor in and for all education levels. However, as learners in online distance education milieus are away from both teachers, other learners, and the learning environments physically, this concept becomes more important for online education. Motivating learners in distance education and keeping their motivation alive throughout the learning process is an issue that should be emphasized and taken care of for teachers and instructional designers. At this point, although there are many approaches, models, and theories regarding enhancing and sustaining motivation and engagement in the education processes, it is seen that there is not enough work and/or effective and efficient strategies that can be applied in online distance learning environments. This publication will bridge this gap between theory and practice related to the motivation issue for online distance learning.

As online distance education continues to grow at a great pace, the more efficient and effective learning experience becomes more significant. Many educators have probably heard the mantra "motivation is important". However, this mantra doesn't need words but deeds anymore. With the global COVID-19 pandemic and the following educational crisis have shown us, one more time, that motivating learners is online distance education is a vital issue both for educators and learners. Within this context, the main purpose of this book is to evaluate the motivational obstacles in online distance education both theoretically and practically, identify the strengths and weaknesses of the online education environments with regard to motivation, provide actionable motivational and volitional strategies for online educators. The value of this book lies in its capacity to identify the most problematic areas regarding learning motivation in online education that and provide actionable solutions for those who need a deeper understanding to respond to motivational problems in online distance education.

The book will be used especially by researchers, professionals, decision-makers, institutions in all educational levels, and most importantly online educators from various disciplines and learners from all educational landscapes. The book also intends to provide a basic actionable source for online education in motivation issues.

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