We'll Leave the Light on for You: Keeping Learners Motivated in Online Courses

We'll Leave the Light on for You: Keeping Learners Motivated in Online Courses

Vanessa Paz Dennen (Florida State University, USA) and Curtis J. Bonk (Indiana University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-935-9.ch061
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Abstract

Motivating online learners is a key challenge facing instructors in both higher education and corporate settings. Attrition rates and low participation levels in course activities are frequent instructor complaints about online learning environments. Part of the problem is a lack of sophistication in online tools and courseware (Bonk & Dennen, 1999). Added to this problem is that, even when tools exist for engaging and motivating students, instructors lack training in how to effectively use them. Instructors not only need to know the types of online and collaborative tools for engaging students, but also how to embed effective pedagogy when the technologies are weak.

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