Designing to Motivate: Motivational techniques to Incorporate in E-Learning Experiences

Charles B. Hodges
Virginia Tech


This paper addresses the construct of motivation as it relates to learning. Questions that will be discussed are (a) What is motivation, (b), how can motivation be incorporated in the instructional design process, and finally, (c) what motivational techniques have been used successfully in e-learning settings? Some general background information on motivation will be discussed. Two instructional design models for motivation will be described and examples of best practices for Web-based learning will be supplied.

About the Author(s)...

Charles B. Hodges is a member of the mathematics faculty at Virginia Tech. He has a B.S. and M.S. in mathematics and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Instructional Technology program at Virginia Tech. His professional interests include motivation in online learning materials and how motivation is incorporated in the instructional design process. He may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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