"Timber for president": Adventure learning and motivation

Aaron H Doering, Cassandra Scharber, Eric Riedel, Charles D Miller

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Adventure learning (AL) provides learners with opportunities to explore real-world issues through authentic learning experiences within collaborative online learning environments. This article reports on an AL program, designed using Keller's Attention, Relevance, Confidence, and Satisfaction (ACR.S) motivational model of instructional design, whichencompassed more than 3 million learners worldwide. The implementation of AL was examined through two experimental lenses: (a) how student motivation is related to student and teacher characteristics and (b) how student motivation is related to the ways in which the program was used within the classroom. Qualitative and quantitative measures were analyzed, including 21 teacher interviews and surveys of 228 respondents who used the online curriculum in 300 separate courses in grades K - 10 ranging from social studies to science to history courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-513
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Interactive Learning Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

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