Learning or performance: predicting drivers of student motivation

Shane Dawson*, Leah Macfadyen, Lori Lockyer

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionpeer-review

16 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

There is substantial research demonstrating that a student's motivation for learning can be largely explained in terms of their preferred achievement orientation. This paper explores a case study investigating ICT derived lead indicators of student achievement orientation, and therefore underlying motivations. The study incorporated Tan's (2009) research on learning dispositions to quantify student achievement orientations. These findings were then correlated with student LMS data to identify if patterns of online behaviour are indicative of the observed achievement orientation scores. The results suggest that there is a significant correlation between student achievement orientation and participation in discussion forums. Students reporting a strong learning orientation were more inclined to utilise the unit's 'learning forum'. Conversely, students tending towards a performance orientation were more prone to use the 'administration forum'. The findings and data harvesting methodology employed, represent a novel, scalable and automated approach for rapidly identifying the drivers of student learning motivation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2009
EditorsR. Atkinson, C. McBeath
Place of PublicationAuckland
PublisherASCILITE
Pages184-193
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781877314827
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "Same places, different spaces", ASCILITE - 2009 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 6 Dec 20099 Dec 2009

Other

Other26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "Same places, different spaces", ASCILITE - 2009
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period6/12/099/12/09

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Learning or performance: predicting drivers of student motivation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this