Motivation and Adult Learning has been an interesting topic, and one that hasn't come up often in SCoPE. Firat, we really appreciate that you suggested it and volunteered to facilitate. Thanks so much! And thanks to everyone who participated.
I spent some time reviewing the discussion and pulling out pieces that relate to what motivation means to us, motivational factors, and your ideas for promoting motivation. I also tagged an emergent theme on measuring motivation. The links are all in the seminar wiki.
This process of reviewing, reflecting, tagging, and summarizing is something that I enjoy doing very much. I'm always amazed at just how much I miss during a seminar. As SCoPE community steward, usually by the time a seminar is underway I'm off planning the next one. Alas, it's that time issue that was raised more than once during our discussion. :-)
But something that has become apparent for me during this seminar is that I am motivated to take the time to reflect and openly summarize because I feel (I hope!) I am giving back to the community. One nice thing about using the annotation tool to summarize is that it can be a distributed task, and for sure what I chose to highlight is going to be different from what bounces out at you. (If, as you comb through the forum posts, you see items you would like to tag to add to the summary please do! Check into the Marginalia Sandbox for demos on using the annotation tool.) So the whole conversation around participating for yourself, and participating in the collective, really hit home for me.
When I am in a facilitator role I tend to highlight pieces as I go along as a way to draw attention to points to bring forward, or to identify new topics, etc. As Nicholas Bowskill expanded on in this seminar:
All of this got me thinking about individual effort, roles, and how that all relates to motivation. The topic is endless, isn't it? But thankfully that's what we're all here for -- to continue to explore our emerging questions! So I'll stop my rather personal, open reflection here and look to the future...
to do it properly you really have to settle and think about what lies behind different messages. That can mean thinking about the emotional state - the feelings - behind messages as well as the content. It can also mean thinking about the implications of any reply too.
We have a few seminars in the planning stages for 2011. Check 'upcoming seminars' for to keep up-to-date and what and when. If you have ideas for seminar topics and/or wish to facilitate a seminar please get in touch!
We are kicking off the new year with something a little different -- an open, online course! Learning and Knowledge Analytics runs January 10 - February 20, 2011. The asynchronous forum (Moodle) portion of the course will be hosted here in SCoPE. Sign up for the course by joining the Google Group (or subscribe to it via RSS to stay in the loop). Hope to see you there!
Thanks again everyone, and see you in 2011!