eLearning programs require adult learners to interact with an online platform and understand new information that is essential to their jobs. At times, it can be challenging to motivate these employees during an online learning experience. You may feel as if the learners are only participating because they have to, not because they want to. And learners may approach the learning as rote and compulsory. Because human behavior is complex and people are naturally curious it is important to design instruction assisted by motivation.
Knowing what motivates people, what satisfies humans in terms of design and how it impacts the learning process, allows the crafting of an effective eLearning design. Motivation itself is a broad subject, but that doesn’t mean you need a PhD to use it in your design. There are three distinct motivation theories that have been developed by scientists and psychologists that try to explain ways to motivate learners. All three seek to explain motivation and how it impacts the learning process. Look at the key ideas behind each theory and use them to improve the effectiveness of your courses.