CIDER session: Motivation in Online Learning Contexts

We invite you to the next presentation in our winter series of free online CIDER sessions. This session features a presentation and discussion with Dr. Maggie Hartnett from Massey University, New Zealand.Title: Motivation in Online Learning Contexts

Evidence suggests that motivation is an important consideration for online learners. Based on this, existing research has frequently focused on exploring ways to design online environments that are motivating to learners. Alternatively, motivation has been thought of as a collection of relatively stable personal characteristics of learners with a view to identifying those traits that predict learner success. However, more contemporary views acknowledge that it is the complex and dynamic interplay of both personal and environmental factors that influence motivation to learn. This presentation reports on research that investigated the nature of motivation in online learning environments from a contemporary ‘person in context’ perspective. It highlights that motivation is more multidimensional and situation-dependent than first thought and identifies a range of social and contextual factors that can combine in complex ways to foster or undermine motivation.

When: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)
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Where: The CIDER sessions have moved to Adobe Connect!  To join this session go to:
Please note that it is extremely important that you get your system set up prior to the start of the event.  Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the web conferencing software.  Also, the Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Adobe Flash Player.  Allow time for this update by joining the session 20 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation start time.

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