Improving Student Retention and Completion through Adaptive and Personalized Learning Design
In this presentation from Online and eLearning 2017, Kevin Bell, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Western Sydney University provides insight into accentuating student intrinsic motivation withinprogram/course design through, as Kevin terms it , ‘Gameful design.’ He describes how these principles can be used to address the challenges with learner engagement and retention in distance and blended programming. With a social agenda in mind, he reflects upon the research done into the psychology of at-risk and remote populations, collaborations with MOOC and Competency-Based programme providers and his doctoral work at University of Pennsylvania to provide insights on:
- Understanding the psychology of learners – tying intrinsic motivators into the learning design for an adaptive and personalized learning journey
- Gameful design – Drawing a matrix of rules and reward structures to cultivate interactive and enriching experiences for the learner on the online platform
- The potential of these tools and systems to support at risk students.
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