Udacity's number one priority is our students. Everyday we hear feedback from our students, and we are listening. Currently, as we work to roll out another round of new courses -- five of which will premiere June 25, 2012 -- we have some questions for you, our students, about motivation.
Students are motivated to attend traditional universities and Udacity alike for a myriad a reasons: the experience, the love of learning, the opportunity to move away from home (not in Udacity's case), or the opportunity to get a degree and ideally a job.
Motivation is also crucial on a smaller (but no less important) scale. What motivates you to complete the tasks required of a class, homeworks, quizzes, attending/watching lectures? Are you motivated by the employment potential that an education yields? Or does the satisfaction of solving a challenging problem keep you yearning for more knowledge? Or does a looming deadline get you across the finish line?
With these questions surrounding motivation in mind, Udacity would like to invite you to respond to any/all of them in the comments section below, on your own blog or by email, email@example.com. E-mail us a link to your blog post firstname.lastname@example.org or include it in the comments below.
With your feedback we will continue to work towards creating the most effective student-oriented class experience possible.
Our Questions for You:
- What motivates you to complete a Udacity course?
- How useful are deadlines?
- If you have not completed a course, what kept you from finishing it?
- What do you think Udacity could do to motivate you to complete a course?