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Title: What's the Big Idea? : the role of social interaction as a motivator in online classes
Author: Snyder, Ronald E.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7967 8374
Awarding Body: University of Bath
Current Institution: University of Bath
Date of Award: 2019
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Online education has the potential for radically altering the field of education within our lifetime. Unfortunately, too many programs are being developed as a cost saving measure with little regard to the pedagogical needs of this emergent field. If this field is to develop in such a way that it meets the needs of the future generations, it must be grounded in theories of learning and motivation. This paper describes a research study of behavioral intentions to use a virtual learning environment for international high school students. Unlike many other earlier technology acceptance studies, it is grounded in a rich motivational theory of learning: Selfdetermination theory. The study also includes a new conceptual diagram, the Motivation Enhanced Technology Acceptance (META) Model to study of the phenomenon of technology acceptance from a motivational perspective. This is a Design-based research study and, as such, has both practical and theoretical goals. It seeks to refine theories of technology acceptance and use by grounding them in Self-determination theory. It also seeks to provide a usable solution to guide practitioners in designing online course.
Supervisor: Costas Batlle, Ioannis ; Carr, Sam Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Self-determination theory ; Technology acceptance ; Relatedness ; Sense of community index ; Online learning ; Virtual Learning ; Psychological sense of community ; Motivation