Tips From the Pros: Getting Online Learners Comfortable with Autonomy

Autonomy is a key ingredient of motivation. Students are motivated by the ability to choose how they accomplish their learning goals. However, not all students are used to having autonomy, which is why it's important to find ways to make them more comfortable with taking greater control of their learning.

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Autonomy is a key ingredient of motivation. Students are motivated by the ability to choose how they accomplish their learning goals. However, not all students are used to having autonomy, which is why it's important to find ways to make them more comfortable with taking greater control of their learning.

In an interview with Online Classroom, Curt Bonk, professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University, offered the following suggestions for helping online learners become more autonomous: