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Scenario

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Topic 6 - Designing Learning Environments
PBL-group 5: 7,5 commandments for enhancing motivation in online courses

7,5 commandments of
PBL-group 5

1

Instructions/description
of the course - good for handling learners’ expectations and to give an overview of the course and its different parts. Should not be too vague. Challenge; hard to write instructions, courses develop over time, learners/students don’t read everything.

Scenario
A teacher that has observed that online learners struggle with motivation and engagement. How should the teacher support and facilitate the course? The teacher observes the online students increasingly losing their motivation to participate in the course as time passes and external pressure demand their energy and time.
Initial thoughts on the teacher's challenge
A teacher that has observed that online learners struggle with motivation and engagement. How should the teacher support and facilitate the course?

The teacher observes the online students increasingly losing their motivation to participate in the course as time passes and external pressure demand their energy and time.
2
Students should be able to
understand their role
and what they need to contribute with from the beginning of the course. Managing expectations.
Challenge; what affects students' motivation in online learning?
3
Progress tracker
- the student can
visualise his/her progress in the
course and can use it as a motivation
to keep working.
4
Constructive feedback
- feedback on things you write and contribute with (blogs, posts etcetera) enhances motivation, the student feels noticed.
5
“Breaking the ice”
- the student just needs to get started. Start writing a blog or posts - it doesn’t have to be something innovative in the beginning - she/he can go for “low-stakes writing” and try to downplay high expectations on her/himself when it comes to academic achievements. Shouldn't let performance anxiety inhibit them.
6
Scaffolding/monitoring
the students - keep up a more personal interaction with the students, so you can follow their motivation and be attentive to indications of decreasing motivation, and have a plan how to act in those cases. What may be reasons in the course that makes participation difficult for the students? It’s easy to fall behind in online courses (especially if no one “sees” you/pay attention to your contributions), but it’s also easy to get back into the course since you can get updated with e.g. the discussions in the forums online. Perhaps follow up with those participants that stops following the course in order to better understand what can be done in the next round of the course?
7
Have
administrative/logistic/technical support
and communicate service standards to reduce student stress and to minimise the amount of questions the teacher receive about this.
7,5
IF
the course contains some group work - create a good atmosphere in the group/do
team building
- it’s harder not to contribute if you feel a certain loyalty to your group.
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