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Rochester College      Adjunct Faculty Meeting - 2012 Stimulating Students’ Motivation To LearnDiscussion Leader & Present...
Each Professor Is A Leader• An Important Role Model That Contributes To  Students’ Moral, Intellectual, and Professional  ...
My Paradigm of Student MotivationMotivation To Learn is An Acquired Competency That Is Developed Through General Experienc...
Stimulation of Students’ Motivation To                   Learn• Must Affect Development Of Students’  Information Processi...
Role of Professors & Instructors• Not Merely Reactors To Students’  Motivational Patterns of Learning• Active Agents Of St...
My Essential Preconditions For Stimulating     Students’ Motivation To Learn• Supportive Learning Environment  – Encourage...
My Essential Preconditions For StimulatingStudents’ Motivation To Learn (Continued)• Appropriate Level Of Challenge   – St...
My Essential Preconditions For StimulatingStudents’ Motivation To Learn (Continued)• Meaningful Learning Objectives  – Cle...
Encourage Students To Form Success            Expectations• Use Modeling, Socialization, And Feedback To  Make Students Aw...
Provide Remedial Socialization For        Discouraged Students• Additional Instruction & Practice  Opportunities• Encourag...
Motivate Learning With Extrinsic Incentives • Offer Rewards For Good Or Improved   Performance (e.g. Praise & Social Rewar...
Some Of My Classroom Practices To     Motivate Students’ Learning• Arrive Early & Am Completely Prepared At The  Class’ St...
Some of My Classroom Practices To     Motivate Student Learning            (Continued)• Provide A Detailed Syllabus, Revie...
Some Of My Classroom Practices To    Motivate Student Learning           (Continued)• Utilize Open-Ended Questions That Pr...
Methods Used To Facilitate Learning     Outside of the Classroom• Preparatory Course Readings, Syllabus, and  Discussion O...
Online Learning Site Content•   Basic Concepts•   Case Studies•   Glossary•   Literature Review Tips•   Essay Formatting &...
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Motivating Students To Learn

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Motivating students to learn requires professors to exercise classroom leadership and to be good role models of the success of learning.

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Motivating Students To Learn

  1. 1. Rochester College Adjunct Faculty Meeting - 2012 Stimulating Students’ Motivation To LearnDiscussion Leader & Presenter – Clarence Goodlein
  2. 2. Each Professor Is A Leader• An Important Role Model That Contributes To Students’ Moral, Intellectual, and Professional Development• Characteristics – Is Knowledgeable Of Her/His Course Material, Self- Confident & Deserving of Credence – Demonstrates Honesty, Trustworthiness, Dependability, & Unselfishness – Demonstrates Equity & Honor – Is Energetic & Enthusiastic About Learning, The Course Material, & Rochester College
  3. 3. My Paradigm of Student MotivationMotivation To Learn is An Acquired Competency That Is Developed Through General Experience & Stimulated By:• Modeling• Communication of Expectations• Direct Instruction or Socialization By Parents or Teachers
  4. 4. Stimulation of Students’ Motivation To Learn• Must Affect Development Of Students’ Information Processing Skills & Performance Abilities• Must Encourage Critical Thinking• Must Consider Expectancy Value Theory (Effort Expended = Degree Expected To Perform Successfully & Benefits Or Rewards From Successful Task Completion)
  5. 5. Role of Professors & Instructors• Not Merely Reactors To Students’ Motivational Patterns of Learning• Active Agents Of Students’ Learning Socialization• Capable of Developing Students’ Motivation To Learn And Its Activation In Particular Situations• Must Help Students Appreciate The Value of Academic Study & Make Sure That They Can Be Successful If They Apply Reasonable Effort
  6. 6. My Essential Preconditions For Stimulating Students’ Motivation To Learn• Supportive Learning Environment – Encourage Students When They Display Discouragement – Demonstrate Patience And Empathy For Their Learning Difficulties – Assist Students With Correcting Related Skill Deficiencies (e.g. Writing & Public Speaking) – Allow Students To Take Intellectual Risks Without Fear Of Ridicule Or Criticism Should They Be Mistaken
  7. 7. My Essential Preconditions For StimulatingStudents’ Motivation To Learn (Continued)• Appropriate Level Of Challenge – Students Become Bored If Tasks Are Too Easy & Frustrated if Tasks Are Too Difficult – Students Are Optimally Motivated By Tasks That Allow Them To Achieve Success When They Apply Reasonable Effort – Learning Measures & Challenges Should Examine Students’ Comprehension Of Core Principles & Their Abilities To Apply Their Learning Effectively To Situations Outside Of Their Experiences
  8. 8. My Essential Preconditions For StimulatingStudents’ Motivation To Learn (Continued)• Meaningful Learning Objectives – Clearly Stated And Related To Goals & Objectives Of Course As Well As Students’ Course of Study – Demonstrate Usefulness of Learning In Practical Situations & Career Environments – Communicate Meaningfulness of Learning Through Tasks & Assignments That Demonstrate The Learning’s Relatedness To Career Activities & Graduate Study
  9. 9. Encourage Students To Form Success Expectations• Use Modeling, Socialization, And Feedback To Make Students Aware That The Amount And Quality Of Effort That They Put Into An Activity Determines What They Get Out Of It• Portray Effort As An Investment Which Will Produce Knowledge & Skill Development That Will Empower Students Rather Than As A Risk Of Failure Or Embarrassment• Remind Students That Knowledge & Skill Development Is Incremental And Sometimes Includes Regressive Steps
  10. 10. Provide Remedial Socialization For Discouraged Students• Additional Instruction & Practice Opportunities• Encourage Focus On Specific Mastering Of Specific Concepts & Tasks To Overcome Failure Through Persistent Efforts• Attribute Failure To Insufficient Effort & Practice , Lack Of Information, Or Reliance On Ineffective Strategies Rather Than To Lack Of Ability
  11. 11. Motivate Learning With Extrinsic Incentives • Offer Rewards For Good Or Improved Performance (e.g. Praise & Social Rewards Such As Professor Or Peer Attention) • Note That Knowledge & Skills Developed By Academic Study Will Enable Students To Be Successful In This Course, Provide A “Ticket” To Social Advancement, And Prepare Them For Success In An Occupation Or Otherwise In Their Lives • Provide Immediate Feedback When Learning Successes Occur
  12. 12. Some Of My Classroom Practices To Motivate Students’ Learning• Arrive Early & Am Completely Prepared At The Class’ Starting Time• Am Personable, Friendly, & Greet Every Student• Introduce Self, Provide Interesting Background Information, And Convey Enthusiasm For the Course And Students’ Learning• Express Interest In Every Student By Asking Each To Introduce Herself or Himself; Learn Every Student’s Name By The Third Week Of Class
  13. 13. Some of My Classroom Practices To Motivate Student Learning (Continued)• Provide A Detailed Syllabus, Review Each Section During The First Class Meeting; Explain Grading, Class Assignments, Examinations And Attendance Expectations; Solicit Questions• Address Questions Every Student Has, But May Not Ask: – Will Class Meet My Needs? – Is The Professor Competent? – Will The Professor Be Fair? – Will The Professor Care About Me?
  14. 14. Some Of My Classroom Practices To Motivate Student Learning (Continued)• Utilize Open-Ended Questions That Provoke Discussion• Use Group Activities To Promote Collaboration Skills• Use Videos & Role-Playing To Keep Students’ Interested• Use Familiar Examples & Case Studies• Solicit Feedback
  15. 15. Methods Used To Facilitate Learning Outside of the Classroom• Preparatory Course Readings, Syllabus, and Discussion Outlines Emailed To Registered Students About Two Weeks Before Class Begins• Make Myself Available By Phone & Email With Return Calls Or Email Normally Same Day• Make Extensive Use Of Online Learning Site• Allow Early Submission of Assignments For Review, Feedback, & Resubmission By Due Date
  16. 16. Online Learning Site Content• Basic Concepts• Case Studies• Glossary• Literature Review Tips• Essay Formatting & Writing Tips• Sample Essays• Course Concepts• Weekly Discussion Outlines• Course Concepts• Website Links – Software (Open Source – e.g. Libre Office, CutePDF, Evernote) – Services (e.g. CitationMachine.Net) – Videos (YouTube)

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