Intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation

Bespoke eLearning Development

As an elearning developer / designer, It is important to distinguish between these two types of motivation:

  • extrinsic motivation – where you are engaged because of a goal or reward;
  • and intrinsic motivation – where the activity itself is fun and exciting, with or without a reward.

Extrinsic motivation has it’s place in gamification and learning however the goal of any designer should be to tap into the intrinsic motivation – it lasts longer and ultimately is more productive for the designer, the game and the learning.

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