This project is an ARCS Chart for a self-paced instructional product on preventing teenage pregnancy and sex education. ARCS charts are an instructional strategy for motivating learners by getting their attention, finding relevance, gaining confidence, and receiving satisfaction. ARCS charts were created by John Keller, who synthesized existing research on psychological motivation and created the ARCS model. The purpose of an ARCS chart is to incorporate motivating activities in order to increase learning and retention.
ARCS chart gets the learner’s attention by making the lesson have incongruity, concreteness, variability, humor, inquiry, and participation. Finding the relevance is done by experience, present worth, future usefulness, need matching, modeling, and choice. Gaining confidence is done by having learning requirements, difficulty, expectations, attributions, and self-confidence in the lesson. Receiving satisfaction is done by having natural consequences, unexpected rewards, positive outcomes, negative influences, and scheduling.
In order to create an ARCS chart, I followed the ARCS chart guidelines for including motivation in a lesson. To start the ARCS chart I had to have a goal and some objectives. An ARCS chart is divided into four sections which are Attention, Relevance, Confidence, and Satisfaction. For each section, I had to incorporate activities that meet the requirements for the section on the goals and objectives of the lesson.
My role is the development of the ARCS chart was the designing and developing it. By doing this ARCS chart, I learned that if a lesson is motivation it can help to increase learning and retention. The only problem that I had with the ARCS chart is learning how to be creative to meet the requirements for attention, relevance, confidence, and satisfaction. This caused me to become more innovative when developing activities for a lesson. If I had to make changes to this project, I would add more than one activity for students to complete for each section in the ARCS chart.