Inspiring Motivation in eLearning: Self-determination Theory in Practice

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DevLearn 2014 Conference & Expo - October 29, 2014

Kristianna Fallows

Supervisor Learning Design
JetBlue University

eLearning is often viewed as a brain dump of knowledge and there is far too little examination of how to motivate the learner. Engaging design elements and interactivity can inspire the learner to complete the module, but it doesn’t necessarily inspire the learner to keep learning and growing. There is a huge opportunity to incorporate motivational strategies from educational psychology in a practical way in eLearning.

In this session you will learn about self-determination theory (SDT), a motivational theory identifying the three basic human needs that are required for growth and achievement: autonomy, competence, and relatedness. You will discuss this theory and explore the proven business benefits of using SDT to motivate learners. You will examine practical examples of how this theory can be realized through the design of thoughtful web-based training deliverables. You will leave this session with a new way of looking at strategies for eLearning that can have long-term positive results for retention, employee development, and employee performance.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What SDT is
  • The three basic learner needs identified in SDT
  • How applying SDT in training helps you meet business and training goals
  • Specific strategies for inspiring motivation in web-based training initiatives

Novice designers, developers, project managers, and managers with knowledge of analyzing, designing, or developing learning solutions.


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