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Motivating the Adult Learner in Online Discussion

Motivating the Adult Learner in Online Discussion
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Author(s): Boon-Yuen Ng (Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 18
Source title: Motivation and Momentum in Adult Online Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Amy E. Lyn (National University, USA)and Maggie Broderick (National University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-7712-0.ch005


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Online learning in higher education has presented opportunities as well as challenges for both instructors and students. The availability of online learning has made a significant difference for adult learners in higher education. This chapter discusses the challenges of online learning and how online discussion can be an effective tool to overcome the challenges. The focus is on adult learners, whose motivation and priorities may differ from typical college students. This chapter presents strategies for the instructor to provide an online learning environment that engages the adult learner, with an emphasis on strategies that build a community of inquiry among adult learners. By establishing cognitive presence, social presence, and teaching presence, online discussion can motivate and engage the adult learner.

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