The Reinforcement Model: Innovative Approaches to eLearning That Increase Confidence and Competence

Reinforcement is a consequence that will strengthen and encourage certain behavior in the future by providing rewarding stimuli, stimuli associated with wanting and liking. It’s the act of rewarding the desired behavior in individuals when it occurs, so that said behavior is likely to be repeated. Positive reinforcement typically involves specific stimuli such as rewards, recognition, praise, appreciation and compensation. When used correctly, The Reinforcement Model helps to motivate, inspire and engage your learners.

The Reinforcement Model refers to positive reinforcement, not negative. The key difference being that positive reinforcement presents a rewarding stimuli to a learner after a behavior is completed. Negative reinforcement removes a positive stimuli when a negative behavior is expressed. This still, is not to be confused with punishment, which introduces a negative stimuli to discourage negative behavior. All three processes are related but distinctly different.

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