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Using Self-Determination Theory to Improve Online Learner Motivation

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According to self-determination theory, a theory developed by Deci and Ryan, three basic psychological needs affect motivation: autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Susan Epps, associate professor of Allied Health Sciences, and Alison Barton, associate professor of Teaching and Learning, both at East Tennessee State University, have used this theory to develop ways to improve online learner motivation.

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"Creating a sense of autonomy helps students make choices that emphasize what they value, which can increase the subjective value of the learning—the sense that the learning is relevant to one’s life, Barton says.



Here are some ways to offer students choices:

  • Content—Barton has her students, who are preservice teachers, facilitate online discussions about lesson plans that each student develops. Each student gets to decide what the lesson will be, which content from the module to include, and which theories to demonstrate. “That, I hope, makes it more of a motivating experience for them because they’re writing a lesson about something they want to write about,” Barton says.
  • Format—In some instances Epps gives her students choices on assignment format such as a paper or a narrated PowerPoint presentation. “When they feel they’re choosing something that is relevant to them, they actually do better work,” Epps says.
  • Grade weighting—In the past, Barton has offered students options on how much various assignments, quizzes, and tests will count toward the final grade. “If they’re not great test takers, you may offer them an option where their assignments or final projects are given more weight,” she says."
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Situated Learning in Virtual Worlds and Immersive Environments - Lisa Dawley and Chris Dede

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Augmented Reality: A new way of augmented learning

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Augmented learning is defined as an on-demand learning technique where the learning environment adapts to the needs and inputs from learners. Broadly speaking, "environment" here does not have to be constrained into the physical learning environment such as classroom, but could refer to such learning environment as digital learning environment, through which learners can stimulate discovery and gain greater understanding.

The technologies conventionally used for augmented learning incorporate touchscreens, voice recognition, and interaction, through which the learning contents can be geared toward learner's needs by displaying plain texts, images, audio and video output. For example, in mobile reality system, the annotation may appear on the learner's individual "heads-up display" or through headphones for audio instruction. This system has been shown to improve life-time learning performance. 

Augmented Reality (AR) is a novel way of superimposing digital contents into the real context, is impacting the mobile communications industry by providing a radical shift in human-computer interaction, AR has been foremost applied in the areas of entertainment, retail, travel, advertising, and social communication.

Augmented Reality has great potentials in education, and more excitingly, opens a novel realm for, and even redefines, eLearning. AR offers an innovative learning space by merging digital learning materials into the format of media with tools or objects, which are direct parts of the physical space, therefore creating "situated learning." Augmented Reality is well aligned with constructivist notions of education where learners control their own learning, through the active interactions with the real and virtual environments.


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Four Ways to Increase Student Engagement

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Just like great cross-cultural missionaries, shouldn't we find ways to connect with the people we're attempting to reach? Wouldn't it make sense to use the vehicles of communication they prefer?
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Connectivism as a Digital Age Learning Theory

George Siemens and Stephen Downes developed a theory for the digital age, called connectivism, denouncing boundaries of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism. Their proposed learning theory has issued a debate over whether it is a learning theory or instructional theory or merely a pedagogical view.


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Eva Ramos's curator insight, September 28, 2013 7:45 PM

I will have to include this in my Learning theories module, perhaps.

Lara N. Madden's curator insight, November 18, 2013 12:43 PM

This might be my new research topic. Very interesting.

Paige Paul's curator insight, September 15, 2015 7:52 PM

Topic 2- This is an interesting piece that explores how connectivism should be categorized.  Sometimes I think people in the education world can get too caught up in labels and buzzwords, and forget that ultimately what you call it doesn't matter as much as whether or not it promotes student learning.

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TagMyDoc | Tools for Learners

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This is a really useful site for creating QR tags for your documents.
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New Pedagogies For the Digital Age | Edudemic

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Digital age teaching practices


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3 Simple Steps to Do-it-yourself Professional Development -- THE Journal

3 Simple Steps to Do-it-yourself Professional Development -- THE Journal | English Language Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

Between the formal professional development sessions, each professional educator needs to seek professional development each day. This professional development should be archived to document what you have been learning informally.


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What is Connected Learning | Connected Learning

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Connected learning


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50 Interesting Ways To Use Skype In Your Classroom | Edudemic

50 Interesting Ways To Use Skype In Your Classroom | Edudemic | English Language Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

Using skype in ELT


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ScienceDirect.com - The Internet and Higher Education - Personal Learning Environments, social media, and self-regulated learning: A natural formula for connecting formal and informal learning

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Naace: Tablets and their use for effective teaching and learning

Tablets are becoming increasingly common tools in schools. There's a wealth of options available, a range of web apps or apps designed for different operating systems and so many choices for teachers and students to make that it is sometimes useful to know the range of ways that they are making a difference across a range of different subject areas.


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EdTech » 20 Blogs About Mobile Learning Worth Following

20 Blogs About Mobile Learning Worth Following. September 26, 2012. Not even one decade ago, educators considered cell phones and laptops a most egregious classroom distraction. These days, though, many tech-savvy teachers actively ...
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#CCK11 Expansionist Learning, Situated Learning, COP ...

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Here are the further resources on Connectivism (from course CCK11). George Siemens, Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age; Stephen Downes, What connectivism is, and What Connectivism Is Not; George Siemens, ...
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Edmodo Research

Research done on the microblogging site http://www.edmodo.com by zemote in Internet & Technology, Research, and Technology...

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Evaluating web-based tools for language instruction

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Over the last few years, interest in web-based tools has expanded rapidly, but how do we know which ones to use and which to avoid? In this workshop, we will look together at some web and mobile applications and establish criteria by which we can evaluate them to ensure we use tools that will lead to enhanced language learning.


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Dr.Revathi Viswanath's comment, April 18, 2013 5:07 AM
Very informative presentation. I created my account in some of the links.
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A 50 minute online seminar/class on how to best evaluate web-based tools in determining which ones beneficial to use, and which ones are not.

Gayla Keesee's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:45 AM

Nice overview of tools for the language classroom.

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Online vs classroom learning (infographic)

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Online learning is more beneficial than traditional books-and-chalkboard learning. That’s the gist of an infographic that compares the two learning styles.
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Facing the TABLET generation ! | Learning Technology

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The entire curriculum might be available on the cloud, which students might be able to access from the comfort of their home or even the playground. We expect broadband connectivity to become widely available by 2020.
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Twitter – A Teaching and Learning Tool | edte.ch

Twitter – A Teaching and Learning Tool | edte.ch | English Language Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
I think I have found the perfect place to reflect on the way a network, and specifically how Twitter, can impact on what goes on in the classroom.

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Blended Learning Can Improve Working Conditions, Teaching & Learning - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - blended learning, Curriculum Associates, Online Learning, ST Math

Blended Learning Can Improve Working Conditions, Teaching & Learning - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - blended learning, Curriculum Associates, Online Learning, ST Math | English Language Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Teachers have tough jobs—lots of kids and lots of responsibility—and budget cuts are making things worse. Blending the best of online and onsite learning can work better for students and teachers.
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What Does it Mean to Live in An Interconnected Society?

Tiffany Shlain, founder of the Webby Awards, talks about today's interconnected society at The Economist's Ideas Economy: Information 2012 event in San Francisco. I wanted to bring this to your attention because what she is speaking about concerns all of us

 

What does it mean to live in a connected world? How is it changing us, our culture and the planet?

 

Her film "Connected" is a must see! It's thought provoking and captures the essence of the experience, the anxiety, overwhelm, mystery, commonality, rapture, looks at the potential and wonder of what innovation, knowledge, discovery lies ahead. 

 

Tiffany Shlain:

 

"Go as far as you can see and when you get there. you'll be able to see even farther"

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Exploring Change and Ongoing Discussions"

 

See video here: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRTnUKpDGWs]


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Ken Morrison's comment, August 17, 2012 9:38 AM
Thanks for sharing this. I took an online course from Howard Rheingold, who is in this film a few times.
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Thank you for the rescoops. I really like this quote:
"Go as far as you can see and when you get there. you'll be able to see even farther"

Best of luck on your scoop.it site. I like what I see here.
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Thank you for the rescoop. I really hope that this video project is successful for her organization.
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Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own -- and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?

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Social media's role in teacher development

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For those, like me, forever pondering social media's role in traditional education, here's an interesting item from the Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog.

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Apps for Multiple Intelligences. . .from www.ipadders.eu

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An Interactive Image of apps. . .arranged by concept - ThingLink...


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