Motivating Students: the Surprising Truth about What Works


This presentation will include an active discussion about how we “see” student motivation in our classes, what students think is motivating, and how these two sources jibe with what research says motivates learners.  We will also “try on” some motivational strategies for class instruction as we discuss some dilemmas of motivation.  We will consider what strategies we might profitably try out as we begin a new semester.

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • identify the differences (or not) between professors’ and students’ view of what motivates learning.
  • explain big ideas about what motivates people in general.
  • describe specific instructional strategies for supporting students’ motivation that you can use.
What to Bring:  

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Can apply toward these graduate student/postdoc certificates: