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How to enhance learner motivation in workplace training

Recently we’ve covered extensively how using the Ed platform can benefit your organization, whether its increasing sales through a more informed workforce or building a culture of learning. Importantly, there are also several additional elements that *you* can control through the design of your curriculum which can also be leveraged to boost motivation.

Here are six easily implemented and effective practices that you can use to enhance motivation amongst your learners.

1. Provide short succinct content

When creating learning material, focus on presenting bite-sized effective content by ensuring it is short, succinct and highly relevant to the learning objective of that lesson. Delivering your information in small ‘chunks’ is not only in line with audience consumption preferences but also helps people recall and process information. Not only is the information easier to digest, but it is clinically proven to increase retention rates.

2. Stimulate your learners

Research demonstrates that learners respond positively to having their abilities stretched in an environment that doesn’t set consequences for failure (Edwards, 2016). This is because a challenge is often viewed as motivating, especially in comparison to repetitive, easy tasks. Therefore it is essential when constructing your content, to ensure difficulty levels are varied as to continually disrupt a leaner’s rhythm. When you integrate challenging slides, thought provoking games or increase the difficulty of each lesson as they progress through a course, you are able to keep your learners engaged and motivated.

3. Allow for self-direction

With the rise of platforms such as Netflix and other on-demand services, consumers are growingly becoming accustomed to dictating where, when, what and how they consume media. You too can provide a self-directed experience with Ed perfect for the on-the-go capabilities of mobile learning.
The short and sharp format of microlearning enables learners pick and choose the sequence of content that is most meaningful and useful to them. When it comes to onboarding for example, consider providing several mandatory core courses with additional content remaining optional. As learners will select their own learning path and goals based on what motivates them, higher completion and retention rates naturally follow.

4. Emphasize the practicality of your content

As we know, adult learners are motivated when content is practical and relevant (Knowles et al., 2005). Adult learners seek skills that will help them perform tasks or deal with problems they are confronted with daily. Creating useful and relevant learning experiences is therefore not only highly beneficial to an employee’s professional growth, but greatly impacts a learner’s motivation towards training. When structuring your courses, each lesson should be designed with immediate relevancy with clear takeaways for immediate implementation. This is particularly suited to the sales and retail environments, where sales scripts, product information and role playing can have an immediate and practical impact.

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5. Increase learner satisfaction with rewards

Whether it is a wish to compete or the thrill of winning, rewards are particularly motivational. With Ed, rewards can come in the form of Stars and Prizes, and when implemented create significant impact on learner motivation.


Stars provide a way to integrate rewards throughout your mobile course.
Stars may be used to reward high scores on Ed games or incentivize repeat visits to courses. Hidden stars will also motivate a user to continue interacting with Ed in order to discover more stars. These actions are further motivated by a users desire to earn more stars in the bid for higher possibilities in winning an upcoming prize.


When you include Ed’s unique Prizing with your learning, a live feed of recent winners and upcoming prizes will further motivate learners. Learner motivation is further derived from learners recognizing colleagues’ names in the recent winners reel, or are incentivized to earn more stars (by completing lessons) in order to have a higher chance at winning an upcoming prize.

6. Incorporate Games

An educational game not only reinforces information just received but also is a very effective motivation tool. A study out of Deakin University found students were more motivated to learn mathematics when the information was presented in a gaming format with changes to attitude and confidence towards their learning.
Whether your games serve a tool to further reinforce content, as mental refreshment or as a knowledge check, games increase learner interest and motivation in microlearning. Furthermore, we have often seen games as the reason for learners to repeatedly visit a lesson in search for more stars or increase their game score.

Motivation is a powerful behavior. It has the power to influence a learner’s engagement, attitude and attention towards learning therefore influencing how well content is received and retained. As educators, it is our role to provide an optimal environment for learners to gain maximum results.

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