Three Major Theories of Motivation that Massively Boost Engagement in Elearning Courses

Theories of motivation are physiological theories that explain a person’s reasons for engaging in a particular behavior. Therefore, when humans are ‘motivated’ by a factor or combination of factors, they act in a manner consistent with the motivating factor.

This basic tenet of behavioral psychology has become the interest of individuals and professionals across all spheres of human endeavors. Understanding this has become even more crucial for educators because learners must be adequately motivated to learn.

This is true for mainstream learning activities as it is for elearning programs.

Motivation is Important for eLearning Design

Motivation—the why behind an action—could ultimately determine if employees or other learners sign up and complete online courses. Without a strong ‘why’ we find that learners easily get discouraged and quit.

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