Motivating and Inspiring Learners

This post has been written by @andreamay1, #chat2lrn crew member and Vice President, Instructional Design Services for @dashethomson.

motivationOur past several chats have been very inward focused, on our industry on on ourselves, as we discussed skill gaps in our profession and how we might change that for ourselves. Then, two weeks ago we had an inspiring chat discussing what is inspiring us right now, both professionally and personally. I’m sure I’m not the only one who came away from the chat with loads of new ideas and resources to explore.

This week, we will turn our attention back to those who use the programs we design and deliver, the learners/students/participants/insert your own term here. What is motivating them to learn the skills we are offering? What inspires them? What part does learner motivation play in how we design, deliver and market our wares?

A 2009 paper by Roger Yap Chao, Jr. provides some interesting insights on this topic. He maintains that in order “to facilitate learning in adult learners, a thorough understanding of how they are motivated to learn, what and how barriers to learning are formed” is essential.

And Connie Malamed, the eLearningcoach, gives us the post Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Learners. In it she provides some concrete strategies for motivating learners like providing a way for learner to test out and actively asking for feedback.

We’d like to know how you motivate and inspire your learners. What strategies do you use? What has been successful, and what has been a failure? Join us for #chat2ln Thursday 05/9/2013 at 16.00BST/11.00EDT/08.00PDT


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  1. Pingback: Hello. My name is Brian, and I’m a training snob. | Train Like A Champion

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