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Motivating the Adult Learner Online

Motivating the Adult Learner Online
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Author(s): Audrey J. Styer (Morton College, USA)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 5
Source title: Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patricia L. Rogers (Bemidji State University, USA), Gary A. Berg (California State University Channel Islands (Retired), USA), Judith V. Boettcher (Designing for Learning, USA), Caroline Howard (HC Consulting, USA), Lorraine Justice (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong) and Karen D. Schenk (K. D. Schenk and Associates Consulting, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch209


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An understanding of learner motivation is important to all educators, particularly those teaching online where learners need to be more motivated to achieve (Miltiadou & Savenye, 2003; Pintrich, 2003; Palloff & Pratt, 2003; Beffa-Negrini et al., 2002; Roblyer, 1999). As educators strive to create better online courses that motivate learners to be successful, substantive theories on online adult learner motivation are essential to have as benchmarks against which to pattern best practices.

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