Motivational Design in Blended Learning: The Precision Education Approach

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Nabil Kamel
Faculty of Computing Studies
Arab Open University, Egypt Branch
Sherouk City, Cairo, Egypt

Abstract: The main theories and models of motivation extant today face serious obstacles in their implementation. This paper is art of a promising approach to develop a new model for curriculum design, called Precision Education (PE). The PE approach aims to capitalize on advanced Information Technology to achieve greater personalization of learning and a greater precision in providing relevant content that matches the learner's knowledge, skills, abilities and career aspirations. This greater precision is partly achieved through mediating software having a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). SOA is not only used as the software architecture, but also as the architecture of the learning process itself. The mediating software facilitates multi-institutional collaboration to meet highly diverse student needs – resulting in higher level of motivation for the students. This paper recognizes the more stringent motivational needs of working students – the primary consumers of blended learning – and focuses on the motivational design aspects of precision education. As an example, the paper shows how PE can help bridge some of the gaps that arise in the context of applying John Keller's ARCS model of instructional design.

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