Maslow believed that individuals are all motivated by intrinsic factors, rather than tangible rewards or unmet desires. In his pursuit to discover what makes people truly “tick”, Maslow realized that we are all driven by very specific needs. Regardless of our economic status or cultural background, every human being seeks to fulfill more basic needs before moving to the next. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs features five distinct levels. The ones at the bottom are the essentials, such as food and water, while those at the top involve needs related to social status and esteem.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a natural fit for eLearning, thanks to the fact that learners must first have their lower needs addressed before they become active and engaged participants in the eLearning experience. As such, eLearning pros need to ensure that the basics are covered before diving into the educational process.

Credit: Christopher Pappas – eLearning Industry