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Assessment of Motivation in Online Learning Environments.

Cocea, Mihaela (2007) Assessment of Motivation in Online Learning Environments. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Educational software strives to meet the learners' needs and preferences in order to make learning more efficient; the complexity is considerable and many aspects are taken into consideration. However, most systems do not consider the learner's motivation for tailoring teaching strategies and content, while its great impact on learning is generally acknowledged. A number of attempts have been undertaken to accommodate the learner's motivational states, mostly by means of design. Others started from motivational assessment, using log file analysis or self-assessment.

Building upon previous work, in this dissertation we propose a two-step approach for a complete motivational diagnosis, using both sources of information: log files and self reports. Thus, the first step aims to identify disengaged learners unobtrusively while the second envisages a dialog with the disengaged learners that would include assessment of several motivational characteristics related to learning.

Three studies were conducted in order to investigate and validate disengagement detection. They demonstrated that disengagement can be predicted at a very good level (up to 97%) from attributes related to basic events like reading pages and taking tests. For self-assessment, a questionnaire was built partly from validated instruments and partly from created items. Two studies were conducted in order to investigate the validity and the reliability of this questionnaire. The results show that it is reliable and valid.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > E-Learning
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4150 Computer Network Resources > The Internet
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > Telecommunications > The Internet

L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > Self Regulated Learning
Divisions: School of Computing > Master of Science
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2010 14:33
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2014 08:58
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/352

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