Articles about Motivation

Understanding Motivations and Behaviors: User-centered Analysis of MOOC Participation

Analysis of participation in online courses showed different patterns, and suggested design changes to motivate students to complete the course and get more out of the experience. [Read More]

Engaging Citizens: A Review of Eight Approaches to Civic Engagement

An evaluation of eight civic engagement platforms that are attempting to use technology to increase civic engagement with local governments. [Read More]

Scarcity: Focusing on Limitations to Explore Design Opportunities

Looking at the concept of scarcity can lead to new ways of understanding users, designing for their needs, and making the best use of their resources. [Read More]

Measuring Perceptions: Meeting the Challenge of Perceived Quality

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Measuring user perceptions is a difficult challenge. The Perceived Quality Test helps researchers quantify users’ perceptions. (Full article available in English and Español) [Read More]

Bridging the Content Gap: Ten Ways to Motivate People to Produce Good Web Content

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This article provides ten tips to help motivate content producers to create high-quality content. With the right plan and approach, content production needn’t delay a project. (Full article available in English and Español) [Read More]

Editor’s Note: The Question of Motivation

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We ask users about their motivation, but this theme also applies to our own work as researchers, designers, managers, and team members. [Read More]

Motivating Users: How to Integrate Persuasion into Design

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Persuasion should be a consideration in every design. If people cannot be motivated to use a product, it will ultimately fail. [Read More]