Title

Creating situational interest and motivating tasks in an e-learning environment

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Assocation for the Advancement of Computing Education

Faculty

Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

School

School of Communications and Contemporary Arts, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications

Comments

This article was originally published as: McLoughlin, C. & Luca, J.(2005). Creating Situational Interest and Motivating Tasks in an e-Learning Environment. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2005 (pp. 2903-2911). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Copyright by AACE. Reprinted from the Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2005 with permission of AACE (http://www.aace.org) Original article available here

Abstract

Motivational factors have been identified as important variables that impact on students' learning. In this study, the relationship between students' motivational orientation and the quality of learning in collaborative e-learning teams is investigated. A self-report measure of student motivational beliefs and self-regulation was administered to students working on team-based assessment tasks, and correlated with performance data obtained from assignments. The results showed that motivational beliefs were the best predictor of academic performance.