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Tailored online learning can help with learning motivation, claims expert

schedule 19th August 2011 by Virtual College in Virtual College Last updated on 7th July 2016

Using highly tailored and relevant e-learning programs should overcome any concerns relating to motivation, an expert has claimed.

The project director of - a Centre of Excellence in the use of e-learning - has claimed that while motivation has occasionally been an issue with the technology, tailoring its content helps to overcome this.

"A common mistake is to make the e-learning too flashy," said David Patterson.

He added: "If the learning is highly relevant to the learners' needs, there is less need to make the learning hugely interactive."

Mr Patterson emphasised that, like any other course a student enrols upon, a professional level of commitment to it is key. Ensuring distracting Twitter programs and email systems are shut down, just like people would in a classroom, is a simple and effective rule.

Meanwhile, Stanford University's innovative adaptation of online training applied to a university degree course has attracted 58,000 potential learners, barely one month since the institution first announced it.

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