Teaching to motivate student learning


Extract from Issue#22 of Teaching Tuesdays@CSU

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Designing Online Learning to Spark Intrinsic Motivation
By: Rebecca Zambrano

Source: https://www.magnapubs.com/magna-commons/?video=11969

(See below for instructions on how to access the CSU free subscription to this resource).

Students bring their existing individual motivations for learning with them into the subjects they take. This can include extrinsic, intrinsic or even lack of motivation.

How then do we further motivate them to learn from our teaching?

This 45-minute seminar is packed with practical tips to answer that question.

Starting with basic definitions of motivation, Rebecca Zambrano refers to the key components of Self-Determination Theory – Competence, Autonomy, Relatedness – as the background to her recommendations for teaching practices (see Ryan & Deci, 2017).

The practical application of the theory commences at around the 9-minute mark. Each point is supported with examples and suggested strategies and answers to audience questions.

  • Before you design or improve your online subject
  • To tap into diverse motivational profiles

…….. A series of questions is provided in the talk and the supplementary material for you to answer about why students are taking your subject and what they want to get out of it……… Create a mix of assignments that recognize diverse motivational profiles, and include choice of assignments where possible.
…….. Create assignments that help them gain mastery at increasing levels of complexity or depth over time.
…….. Create assignments that build community in and beyond the course (engaged learning).

  • Allow students to guide learning.
  • Help students to see the value of each voice in the learning community.
  • Link subject content to big questions and values.
  • Ask students to reflect on their growth in the subject.
  • Help students to become free.
  • Guide students to teach each other.
  • Create connections to the senses.

…….. [Useful tip here for promoting the discussion forum – the Appreciation Wiki]

and finally ….

  • Shun Perfection!

…….. QUOTE: Perfection distances us from students!

Further questions are answered in the final five minutes of the presentation.

This webinar contains some great information on how your teaching can motivate students to learn. With SES Item 2 in mind, it also provides prompts to help you to decide how to help students draw the link between your teaching and their motivation to learn.

References available from CSU library:

Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2017). Self-determination theory: Basic psychological needs in motivation, development, and wellness. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.csu.edu.au

Presentation handouts, full transcripts and supplementary resources are available for download from the Magna Commons website if you don’t have time to listen to the seminar.