Improving Student Retention and Completion through Adaptive and Personalized Learning Design

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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