Survey Finds Curiosity, No Cost Motivate Successful MOOC Students

Muhammad Nadeem, Aug 05, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think that the lesson we can learn here is that cost isn't a motivator so much as it is a demotivator. What motivates, then? Well, other things, like the relevance of the subhect material and quality of the learning experience. This should not be taken as a license to simply levy costs - a very little cost demotvation offsets an awful lot of motivation from other factors.

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