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Editorial: Towards a science of motivated learning in technology-supported environments

Richard E. Mayer
Educational Technology Research and Development
Vol. 59, No. 2, Special Issue on Motivation and New Media (April 2011), pp. 301-308
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41414940
Page Count: 8
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Editorial: Towards a science of motivated learning in technology-supported environments
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Abstract

This commentary reviews seven papers that study motivation with new media, contained in this special issue of Educational Technology Research & Development edited by Ruth Small. For each paper, this commentary summarizes exemplary contributions, offers an assessment of what is exciting, and suggests directions for future research. Some exciting contributions include using new media in an attempt to promote motivation such as game-making, collaborative wiki construction, and interaction with onscreen agents. Some important challenges for future research on motivation with new media are to develop testable theories and to collect evidence based on rigorous methodologies including evidence concerning the relation between motivation and learning outcomes

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