Motivation in Online Education

  • Maggie Hartnett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Maggie Hartnett
    Pages 1-3
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About this book


This work explores and explicates learner motivation in online learning environments. More specifically, it uses a case-study approach to examine undergraduate students’ motivation within two formal and separate online learning contexts. In doing so, it recognizes the mutually constitutive relationship of the learner and the learning environment in relation to motivation. This is distinctive from other approaches that tend to focus on designing and creating motivating environments or, alternatively, concentrate on motivation as a stable learner characteristic. In particular, this book identifies a range of factors that can support or undermine learner motivation and discusses each in detail. By unraveling the complexity of learner motivation in such environments, it provides useful guidelines for teachers, instructional designers and academic advisors tasked with building and teaching within online educational contexts.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Maggie Hartnett
    • 1
  1. 1.Massey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-0698-2
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-0700-2
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