Motivation and Dropout Rates in Online Courses

In today’s society, our basic physiological and safety needs, as per Maslow’s hierarchy, are mostly satisfied. Consequently, it is challenging to argue that we are making decisions to attain a task or goal to fulfill our low-level needs. Instead, we seek to satisfy higher needs such as  (see, e.g., Uses and Gratification Theory ): Cognitive […]


Understanding Collaborative Learning: Cognitive Mechanisms and Factors for Success

Rochelle and Tesley define collaborative learning as a “coordinated and synchronous activity that results from a continuous attempt to construct and maintain a shared conception of a problem.” This succinctly summarizes “two or more people’s attempts to learn something together.” Although these definitions are not conflicting, they shed light on different aspects of collaborative learning. […]

Week 2 – Connecting Reflection

As a lecturer, and I believe that this will be the case for many participants, most of us tend to approach learning from an educator’s point of view. This view of learning is often influenced by the more conventional view of teaching which emphasizes content delivery over active learning (Bajak 2014). The key differentiating principle […]


Taking care. The last reflection

This semester has been turbulent for many reasons: I struggled with working full time (after a chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer a few years ago); at work, besides all the teaching in courses and all the staff meetings, we created a new program and I am managing one of the processes in this work which […]