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Thursday, May 15 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Designing for Learner Motivation in an Online Environment

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In 2011, a course design pilot project was started for Athabasca University courses in the School of Computing and Information Systems (SCIS), building on a development pilot initiated after a program review. The goal was to share an understanding of theory and effective practice for online learning and to develop guidelines to facilitate creative design and solution finding. At that time all SCIS courses were developed using one HTML design template. Initial changes were made to give each course its own visual identity and add course-specific resources. The next level of the design pilot looked for more effective ways to present content in the form of learning activities. 

In 2013, a formative evaluation was undertaken of the content and presentation of courses and of the design process, with the goal of informing improvements in both courses and process. Each faculty member who participated in the pilot provided his perspective on design choices made to engage students in an online learning environment. The coordinator and course author, Terry Taylor, who was interviewed for this study, used some particularly innovative ways to convey content, and the evaluation team wished to know more about his approach to motivating learners. He was interviewed about his design strategies for online courses to support learner motivation. The results presented here shed light on his successful design process. The intended audience is learning designers and faculty designing online courses.


Of Interest to: Online and distance education, Post-secondary education, Instructional designers, Researchers


Corinne Bossé

Learning Designer, Centre for Learning Design and Development, Athabasca University
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Cindy Ives

Director, Centre for Learning Design and Development, Athabasca University
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Mary Pringle

Learning Designer, Centre for Learning Design and Development, Athabasca University
In a world filled with tools, needs, and potential, I try every day to discover what learners already know, what motivates them to learn, how they can best learn with the resources that the course design team can make available to them, and how to demonstrate to learners and administrators... Read More →
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Terry Taylor

Academic Coordinator, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University

Thursday May 15, 2014 11:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Campus Activity Centre, Alpine Room 900 McGill Road, Kamloops BC, Canada V2C 0C8

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