Brophy on Rewards and Intrinsic Motivation

This: “I believe that intrinsic motivation theorists are correct in raising concerns about overuse or inappropriate use of rewards. In classrooms, it is difficult to reward students that (a) take into account their individual learning efforts and profess and (b) avoid communicating that they engage in activities to obtain the rewards rather than to learn.… Continue reading Brophy on Rewards and Intrinsic Motivation

Pretty Sure Badges Aren’t the Answer to Our Motivation Problem

With the convening of the DML 2012 conference, the conversation on my feeds has once again turned to badges. As I’ve outlined in this space before, I am somewhat of a badge skeptic. At first it was a general uneasiness, then I started thinking about motivational theory and what it might predict about the use… Continue reading Pretty Sure Badges Aren’t the Answer to Our Motivation Problem

Badges as Goals: Achievement Goal Theory

This is part of a series of posts that will build into my final paper for the Motivation course I am taking this semester. I want to emphasize that this a rough draft and welcome comments, especially ones that point out flaws in my logic or understanding of the motivational theory under consideration. I’m going… Continue reading Badges as Goals: Achievement Goal Theory

Badges as gold stars: The Behavioral View of Motivation and Learning

This is part of a series of posts that will build into my final paper for the Motivation course I am taking this semester. I want to emphasize that this a rough draft and welcome comments, especially ones that point out flaws in my logic or understanding of the motivational theory under consideration. I’m going… Continue reading Badges as gold stars: The Behavioral View of Motivation and Learning

#openbadges and Motivation

This semester I am taking Dr. Cary Roseth’s Current Issues in Motivation and Learning course. I have also been following the Digital Media and Learning Open Badges competition.  As I’ve been reading and thinking about different motivational theories, I can’t help but wonder about the ways that those theories might explain how the Badges for… Continue reading #openbadges and Motivation

Thoughts on Badges for Learning

This morning I was actively engaged in the backchannel for the Digital Media and Learning competition announcement. This year’s competition focuses on Badges for Learning, which seems inspired in part by Mozilla’s Open Badge initiatives and P2PU.  I fully admit to spending most of my time on the backchannel really trying to understand where the… Continue reading Thoughts on Badges for Learning