RIDE2013 presentation: Enhancing students' motivation - the missing link

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Presentation from 'Design for learning' strand at the CDE’s Research and Innovation in Distance Education and eLearning conference, held at Senate House London on 1 November 2013. Conducted by Mariella Stivala (St Martin’s Institute of Higher Education, Malta).

Audio of the session and more details can be found at www.cde.london.ac.uk.

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RIDE2013 presentation: Enhancing students' motivation - the missing link

  1. 1. 1 ENHANCING STUDENT’S MOTIVATION The missing link
  2. 2. Background 2  This work is a continuation of previous work carried out on students’ motivation, retention and e-learning.  It is also the result of discussions with my colleagues and superiors. St. Martin’s is a taught-based institution. However, it is highly likely that our frustrations as lecturers are similar to the frustrations shared by students engaged in distance learning worldwide.
  3. 3. Proposition 3  To discuss whether further interaction with the students through an interactive VLE would enhance their motivation  To highlight and discuss missing links in the learning process.
  4. 4. Perspective 4 Experience as an educator at a taught-based institution – St.Martin’s Institute of Higher Education.
  5. 5. Problems encountered 5 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. A static VLE Material is the same with little or no update to contemporary situations No relationship with authors of subject guide (for clarification) or with the examiners Students complain that Athens is difficult to understand so they have difficulty downloading journals As a lecturer, I have to guide the students through all the material and prepare them for exams. Students’ motivation to study fluctuates throughout the year depending on their learning experience, their personal context and especially their relationship with the subject (at times it is a hate relationship from beginning to end).
  6. 6. The Missing link 6 Lecturing at times feels like a walk in uncharted territory. As a lecturer, I have to guide the students through all the material and prepare them for the exam, not always fully aware of what the examiners would be specifically looking for in examination scripts. Let’s call it “the missing link”. It is also something which relates to my previous comments in points 1 and 2 mentioned further above – static VLE and other material which is remains unchanged year after year.
  7. 7. Overcoming “problems” 7 1. 2. 3. 4.  Moodle system Establish contact with foreign examiners and lecturers Study tutor scheme Regular training to lecturers Work in progress - “the missing link”
  8. 8. Motivational Theories 8  Goal Setting Theory  Vroom’s Expectancy Theory
  9. 9. THANK YOU Mariella Stivala

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