How to Design Online Courses That Motivate Students

When designing an online course, itís important to consider how to create learning experiences that will spark learnersí intrinsic motivation. While different learners may be motivated by different factors, there are several models that can provide useful guidance when youíre designing motivating learning experiences. Two useful models are self-determination theory (developed by Ryan and Deci) and the culturally responsive motivation framework (developed by Ginsburg and Wlodkowski). In an interview with Online Classroom, Rebecca Zambrano, director of online faculty development at Edgewood College, talked about elements of these models and how to apply them to online course design.

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