How can you motivate students to learn online in times of crisis.August 12, 2020 by Lemos Kelly

April 12, 2020 / by Rashmi Kusurkar

Self-Determination Theory acknowledged by Blog LEARN! as an important perspective in motivating students while online learning during a crisis.

How can we support and motivate students to engage in online learning?

Our research on self-determination theory offers some relevant insights which I summarize as 

A – Autonomy, B – Belonging, and C – Competence

Research on self-determination theory finds that satisfying the feelings of autonomy, belonging (relatedness) and competence leads to autonomous motivation: the motivation that drives you to engage in an activity that you find interesting or worth your while, relevant or important.