You can ask yourself what makes you wake up in the morning? (It might be your work or your dog desperately willing to go for a morning walk.) But we want you to think of what makes you WANT to get out of bed? (Is it your Saturday trip to the mountains or maybe a DIY project you’ve been working on lately?). Whatever it is, it drives you to do, whatever it is you do.
People are driven by either extrinsic or intrinsic motivation. Things such as money, promotion, or praise are extrinsic motivators. On the other hand, intrinsic motivation is based on joy, enthusiasm and strong will.
“Intrinsic motivation occurs when we act without any obvious external rewards. We simply enjoy an activity or see it as an opportunity to explore, learn, and actualize our potentials.” (Coon & Mitterer, 2010)
How can we apply principles of intrinsic motivation into online learning? How can you create the environment which will strongly support your students’ inner will to learn?
You can enrich your students’ learning experience by using these 5 easy to implement strategies in any activity you plan and design.
From extrinsic motivators…
…To intrinsic motivators.
1. Get students involved in their course from the very start
2. Give your students opportunities to make their own choice
3. Encourage your students’ creativity and creative thinking
4. Provide your students with challenges, mysteries, teasers and thought provoking ideas
5. Give your course “the X Factor”
Students tend to repeat activities and learning experiences in which they encountered positive feelings. What these feelings and experiences are? Being successful, being challenged, being supported and encouraged and being trusted. And, of course, being excited about the next step or activity. So how can you create a course hat has the X factor?