Monthly Archives: November 2014

Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation

During my assignment with facilitating a forum, I had to summarize my forum in regards to gamification and education.  I thought my forum got most interesting when we touched on motivation.  Here are the definitions of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation.  In my forums, my classmates preferred the use of intrinsic motivation but agreed that if conventional methods fail to appeal to students, that it is acceptable to use gamification and extrinsic motivation to relate to students who can be interested in education through games.

Gamification usually is associated with extrinsic motivation because games usually have elements of rewards for achieving success. Going through my summary further, I found an article on using Intrinsic Motivation in Gamification with some success.  It talks about appealing to the users values in order to motivate.  There is an example with Kaplan University that used gamification in collaboration with badgeville to encourage positive learning behaviors.