Five Ways to Motivate e


Five Ways to Motivate e-Students

Johannah Casey-Doecke, Ph.D.

E-Course Designer and Online Lecturer

Methods:  Provide clear directions that encourage every student to succeed.

(Voice over Power Point,  FAQ’s, Orientation activities) Keep your FAQ page updated (Frequently asked questions)   Publish and keep online office hours and answer e-mail promptly.

Coach your students by offering corrections and suggestions before the final grading  

1. Be a Leader.

deadline. (Pre-grades) Insist on good academic standards. (Spell Check, Grammar Check, proper use of references. Provide a link to a style manual.) Promote the attitude that every student can succeed if they follow directions and ask questions as needed.

2. Know your audience and allow your students to know you.

Methods:  The first submission should be a personal information     questionnaire that is shared with the class. (Dedicated Chat Room, Forum, Messages) ***This is also completed by the instructor.

Gear your class material toward the student’s major academic programs.

(Careful attention to student interests during course development) LISTEN and note the ways your students relate to the material. (Adapt your course for your student’s learning styles.) Promote open discussions (Chat Rooms, Forums, Debate, Peer Editing) Encourage midterm course assessments and regular feedback. (Survey Monkey, Informal question(s) to the class.) Methods:  Use humor to motivate (Cartoons, YouTube Video, fun assignments, crossword puzzles)  Encourage students to co own the course.  (Collaboration, debate, peer teaching) Offer extra credit “pop ups”  

3. Make it Fun.

that appear for 24 hours. (Current events, humorous readings, riddles, Penny for-Your-Thoughts statements, Food-for Thought articles) Encourage students to take intellectual risks that will enhance their grade. (“What if” questions, future predictions and adaptations) Encourage students to share their findings. (Show and Tell Forums) 4.Acknowledge learning

differences and styles between students.

Methods:     Allow students to pick different types of assignments to earn course points.

(Written work versus exams, Collaborations versus Individual presentations, Field Trip Reports versus Individual Presentations) Vary your exam length and styles. (T/F, Multiple Choice, Essay, Fill-in the Blanks, Take Home exams, Pop -Up Quiz) Encourage individual creativity and research. (Projection papers that take a basic course concept and project its use in future applications.) Frequently coach and offer extra test time to slow learners. (Special services students, Students with learning disabilities, English as a second language students) Methods:  Give a nice balance of positive and negative feedback including “directed” constructive criticism. (Example: “Your paragraph will be complete when you add three more sentences.”   

5. Show Appreciation for your student’s efforts.

Highlight, discuss and post student work and ideas. (Best of Class notation) Show you care about learning by rewarding good work. (Use games, e-greeting cards, videos) Encourage high achieving students to become peer mentors. (Dedicated chat room page for student mentors.) References: Bain, K. (2004). What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2004 ed.).

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