Can emotion-driven learning work online?

October 28, 2016

“Those of us who teach online wonder: Can such courses provide the kind of student experiences that help develop critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity?” write Andy Tix and Myles Johnson for the Chronicle of Higher Education. The authors answer this question by citing new research in psychology that show how all courses—including online ones—can elicit powerful emotions that inspire long-term learning. The cited research suggests that knowledge is often generated by four major emotions, which are surprise, interest, confusion, and awe. The authors offer specific strategies for eliciting these emotions, and conclude that the way a course is offered is not as important as whether the course assignments elicit knowledge-promoting emotions. Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)