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Improving Learner Motivation with Online Assignments

Motivation is one of the most important elements of learning. Keeping students motivated is particularly critical for successful online education, where students take more control over the learning process. In this paper a new model for online assignments is described, as well as its implementation in two mathematics service courses, one a traditional course and the other a completely online course. In these assignments students are permitted an unlimited number of attempts at highly randomized groups of challenging questions, with solutions provided after each question. We find that students react positively to these assignments, answering significantly many more questions than on a paper assignment of similar length, while at the same time being more motivated and satisfied with their individual learning outcomes. Using both quantitative and qualitative survey results, this assignment model is analyzed and shown to be consistent with Keller's ARCS Model of Motivation.


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