Exploring motivational design and motivation types facilitated by an online support system for learning literature

Adzuhaidah M. Taha, Siew Ming Thang

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This paper is a study designed to explore the influence of an Online Support System for learning Literature (LitOSS) on a group of twenty-five Form 4 Malaysian students who generally perceived English Literature as difficult and uninteresting. This asynchronous mode of learning was introduced with the intention of enhancing the students motivation to learn English literature through a blended learning environment. LitOSS featured seven literature topics encompassing poems, short stories and novel, presented in the forms of online text-based materials, graphics and videos. This study was framed by the Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) of language learning, Keller's (1987) Attention, Relevance, Confidence and Satisfaction (ARCS) Model and the Social Cognitive Model of Motivation (SCMM). The motivational design of the system and the prevalent types of motivation facilitated by the system were measured using two sets of questionnaires (i.e. the adapted versions of WebMac Sr. 4.0 and Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) and a focus group interview. Findings from the study support the prediction that LitOSS would significantly enhance students motivation to learn literature due to its highly motivating design. It was also discovered that not only did the system promote self-efficacy and a high control of learning, it also motivated the students extrinsically and intrinsically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-122
Number of pages14
JournalGEMA Online Journal of Language Studies
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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English literature
learning
student
questionnaire
Blended Learning
cognitive theory
self-efficacy
learning environment
Group
video
confidence
literature
interview
language
Student Motivation
English Literature
Questionnaire
Prediction
Cognitive Models
Intentions

Keywords

  • Literature
  • Motivational strategies
  • MSLQ
  • Online support system
  • Webmac Sr.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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Exploring motivational design and motivation types facilitated by an online support system for learning literature. / Taha, Adzuhaidah M.; Thang, Siew Ming.

In: GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2014, p. 109-122.

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