Teaching Matters

Volume 6 Issue 1
21 February 2013

THE MOTIVATION EQUATION - how to inspire students

Vision + Sharing it + Showing Why and How to Achieve it = Reason to Achieve = Motive › › Motivation

Theory has it that you cannot motivate students to learn but that you can provide the inspiration from which motivation springs.

In this edition Learning and Teaching in Business's Associate Professor Michele Scoufis, Business Information Systems Corina Raduescu and eLearning's Sam Bizri look at ways to inspire students...

Next issue: Putting teaching philosophy into pratice with Janine Coupe, Karl Kruszelnicki and Sue Lord


THREE WAYS TO MOTIVATE STUDENTS



ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
ASSOCIATE DEAN AND DIRECTOR
LEARNING AND TEACHING IN BUSINESS
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
BUSINESS SCHOOL
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From Associate Professor MICHELE SCOUFIS

BE YOURSELF (MOTIVATED)

From my extensive experience of working in Higher Education I know there is no right way to provide a learning experience for students. But one thing is certain, I know that if I am not motivated and engaged in the lecture or tutorial, there is no way my students will be.

BE RELEVANT

Okay, once I am engaged as an educator, and that is really important, how do I create an environment for my students where they are more likely to engage rather than going to sleep? And the first thing that I found that is really important is to make the content relevant to students.

BE (SOMETIMES) QUIET

This is something most of us know intrinsically and research bears out as sound educational practice. What stood out in a recent study of award-winning university teachers is that, they had learnt to teach with their mouths shut. That is, their strategies had allowed students to be so engaged, the students were learning from each other...

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A MOTIVATIONAL ASSIGNMENT

From CORINA RADUESCU
Lecturer, Business Information Systems




CORINA RADUESCU
LECTURER
BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY BUSINESS SCHOOL

MOTIVATED

Motivated to inspire her students to focus on critical and creative thinking relevant to their existing and potential business world needs, Corina designed an innovative “problem-based assessment task using real-life social engagement platform, IdeaScale.

RELEVANT

Corina explained, “IdeaScale is one of many such platforms used in the workplace to enable users to effectively identify problems and to work through them creatively to, for instance, test the viability of a business plan and to manage change.”

“IdeaScale is in a sense an inexpensive and time-saving secretarial service through which ideas with the most currency are prioritised through users posting up or down votes.”

STUDENTS LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER

Feedback from students on their “problem identifying and solving” assessment task shows how any initial concerns they had, about receiving undue criticism or having their intellectual property stolen, were unfounded and they then came to thoroughly engage with the task.

“Overall the students valued the benefits of thinking collaboratively where constructive criticism is given and the limitations and potential of ideas more fully realised than if problem solving alone”, Corinna added.

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OTHERS ON STUDENT MOTIVATION

From the Netherlands:

“Of personality and learning style variables, not surprisingly intellectual ability, achievement motivation and conscientiousness were associated with academic success but the first examination/assessment task in an undergraduate's academic career came out as the most important predictor for academic success... the question is whether an initial failure can be turned around by informed (motivational) teaching practice?”

Busatto, V et al (2000) Intellectual Ability, learning style, personality, achievement motivation and academic success ... Personality and Individual Differences 29, 1057-1068

From a U.S. study:

“Women who enter college are found to often have elevated levels of motivation in terms of academic achievement in comparison to their male counterparts...it appears that masculinity norms are related to academic motivation.”

Kahna, J. et al (2011) Concerns with Men's Academic Motivation in Higher Education: An Exploratory Investigation of the Role of Masculinity, Journal of Men's Studies 19.1: 65-82.

From a study from Taiyuan, China:

“The major drawback of the spoon-fed teaching model is that students are simply treated as containers of knowledge ... their human capital may be seen to be invested in, but simply delivering information to students de-motivates and does little to encourage life-long learning, an ultimate aim of many adult learners.”

Wang, N & Morgan, J (2009) Student motivations, quality and status in adult higher education in China, International Journal of Lifelong Education, 28:4, 473-491.

FROM SAM'S DESK


PREZI

To motivate students why not give them (a) Prezi?

Prezi is a web-based presentation and storytelling software using a single canvas instead of traditional slides. Prezi can aid visual memory and enhance collaborative learning in group presentations.

Please see Pros and Cons of Prezi and contact me if you are interested in setting one up.


2013 CULTURAL DIVERSITY CALENDAR


Are you aware of the many cultural holidays and religious observances that may affect your students in 2013?

These are set out for you in this year's (beautiful) calendar with copies available from Learning and Teaching in Business in H44 and downloadable as a PDF.

Any feedback or assistance required please contact Sam's Desk: sam.bizri@sydney.edu.au


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