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Increase student motivation (and reduce cheating) using Mahara


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Offering education and training online means that people who live outside your geographical area, who are time poor or who cannot get to regular classes, can get a chance to study. Online learning, however, can result in some students feeling isolated. It can also increase the risk of cheating, as it can be harder to get to know your online students in the same way than those you teach face-to-face.
A recent study identified that the best way to reduce cheating is to increase your students’ motivation and interest in their learning (Lang 2013 via Morris, 2014). Increasing the intrinsic or ‘what’s in it for me (WIIFM)’ value of online learning provides a win-win situation for the online student, through more interaction with other people and a better learning experience as a result.
This presentation will share how Mahara can increase the intrinsic motivation in your students and therefore reduce the chances of your students cheating.

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Increase student motivation (and reduce cheating) using Mahara

  1. 1. Increase student motivation (and reduce cheating) using Mahara Mahara Hui 15 Allison Miller 10 April 2015
  2. 2. Slides available at
  3. 3. CC-BY Image: by Engel62 - E-learning = flexibility E-assessment = cheating
  4. 4. CC-BY Image: by SueKing2011 – WIIFM - “best means we have to reduce cheating is to increase motivation and learning” (Lang 2013 via Morris, 2014, An Australian guide to the risk management of VET online e-assessment)
  5. 5. Ways to increase motivation (= reduce cheating) (Morris, 2014) activities which help you interact with students variety of assessments which are real and applied peer activities for students to interact and learn from each other self-assessment activities to understand why they are learning something
  6. 6. Get to know your students by finding out more about them
  7. 7. Use real and applied assessment tasks
  8. 8. Real and applied (learning-centred) approaches Individual Learning Plans Action/Project based learning Problem seeking & solving learning (Design thinking) Work-based/Situated/Authentic learning Service learning Peer/Collective (Tribe/Gang) learning Professional Learning Communities /PLNs (Circles) Informal/Just-in-Time/Social/Self-organised learning Scenario-based learning Others?
  9. 9. Include peer activities
  10. 10. Support self-assessment
  11. 11. It’s win-win - Assessment + Apply for Job etc
  12. 12. Image: Father and son fishing - It’s a win-win - Learners learn how to learn (& not just get feed the content)
  13. 13. Find this document at: Lots of examples and resources
  14. 14. Eportfolio activity in Australia
  15. 15. Australian Mahara User Group Do we need one? 17 April Adelaide
  16. 16. 2015 Moodle-Mahara Meet-up Thinking outside the Box 16 April University of South Australia, Adelaide
  17. 17. 2015 Eportfolio Forum & Workshops Standing out from the crowd 30 September-1 October 2015 Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus, Perth, Western Australia
  18. 18. Previous Eportfolio Forums and Workshops Great resources available follow ePortfolios Australia: • Twitter: • Facebook: • LinkedIn: • Slideshare:
  19. 19. Allison Miller 0400 732 270