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In the course Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success, Professor Bonk has been using the TEC-VARIETY Model to illustrate key elements for motivating and retaining online learners.

T – Tone/Climate: Psych Safety, Comfort, Belonging

Some examples include social ice breakers and video course introductions.

E – Encouragement: Feedback, Responsive Supports

This can include online self-testing, screencasts, blog and website polling, using student response systems.

C – Curiosity: Fun, Fantasy, Control

Examples include online news, games, track a scholar, scientist, adventure learning, create a cartoon, movie, animation.

V – Variety: Novelty, Intrigue, Unknowns

Examples include “cool” resources, guest experts, webinars.

A – Autonomy: Choice, Flexibility, Opportunities

Examples include online resource choice, watch shared online videos, web exploration assignments.

R – Relevance: Meaningful, Authentic, Interesting

Examples include online cases, online tours.

I – Interactive:  Collaborative, Team-Based, Community

Examples include working in virtual teams, collaborative video annotations, collaborative documents, wikis.

E – Engagement: Effort, Involvement, Excitement

Examples include interactive timelines, virtual timelines, interactive simulations.

T– Tension:  Challenge, Dissonance, Controversy

Examples include ethical debates, photo festivals, game shows.

Y – Yields: Products, Goals, Success, Ownership

Examples include videos, blogs.

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I have registered for a Course Sites MOOC called Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success.

Materials from: bonkopen2012 — Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success.

This course, to be taught by Dr. Curtis Bonk on Blackboard’s CourseSites, is designed to “provide both theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to improve motivation, retention, and engagement within blended and online courses.” The course starts in 4/30, and runs for 5 weeks.

I’ll be posting about my experience.

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