How to engage Learners based on their Intrinsic Motivation

According to psychologists Coon & Mitterer (2010), “Intrinsic motivation occurs when we act without any obvious external rewards. We simply enjoy an activity or see it as an opportunity to explore, learn, and actualize our potentials.” This is different from extrinsic motivation, which encourages us to act for external rewards, for e.g: good grades, more salary and bonus, bonus miles from long work trips, etc.

Each of us is influenced by, and act from, both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. While it is easy to objectify extrinsic motivation and thus provide rewards based on the same, identifying subtler intrinsic motivation cues proves to be more elusive. And yet, identifying intrinsic motivation is necessary, because when harnessed correctly, it can be a powerful aid to the cognitive process.

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