Motivating learners to participate in online discussions: lessons from research for teacher preparation

Albion, Peter and Weaver, Cathy M. (2006) Motivating learners to participate in online discussions: lessons from research for teacher preparation. In: 17th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE 2006), 20-24 Mar 2006, Orlando, U.S.A..

Abstract

Online education is used widely across educational sectors for reasons including increased flexibility and improved learning opportunities. Significant investments have been made in provision of systems and software, and much has been written about instructional design and pedagogy in the new environments. Nevertheless, research suggests that the pedagogical potential of online education is not being fully realised and that preparation of instructors for working in the new environment should be a priority. Questions about what should be the content of such preparation arise. This paper responds to some of those questions by reporting on research about the motivation of learners for participating in online discussion and suggesting steps that online instructors may take to enhance motivation and participation for learning.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. 'Copyright by AACE. Reprinted from the Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE 2006) with permission of AACE (http://www.aace.org).'
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:33
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: motivation, online education, teacher education, student participation
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1034

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