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Student Motivation

From a Student’s View: Freedom and Structure within a Course

Feb. 21, 2011—This is a guest post by Mara Truslow, Vanderbilt Class of 2013 and Ingram Scholar. The post is part of our spring “From a Student’s View” blog series. We occasionally feature guest posts here on the blog as part of our efforts to cultivate dialogue about teaching and learning among Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff....

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Ideas for Motivating Students

Nov. 30, 2010—By Lily Claiborne, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow In the “Motivating Students” workshop on October 26, 2010, a group of grad students and postdocs discussed what, as teachers, we wished motivated students and what actually motivates them in practice.  We established that, while extrinsic motivators (such as grades, parental approval, potential earnings of a career) are...

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Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty

Oct. 21, 2010—Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty by Elizabeth F. Barkley (Jossey-Bass, 2010) From the publisher… Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is challenging educators across the country,yet good advice on how to accomplish this has not been readily available. Student Engagement Techniques is a comprehensive resource that offers college teachers a dynamic...

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10/26 Workshop: Motivating Students

Oct. 19, 2010—Time & Date: 4:10—5:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 26 Facilitator: Graduate Teaching Fellow, CFT Audience: Graduate and Professional Students and Post-docs Motivating students to engage in learning requires a “learner-centered” experience, in which the instructor facilitates learners’ interactive engagement with course content and activities.  To foster this learning environment, we must understand both intrinsic and extrinsic...

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Motivating Students with Application Projects and Poster Sessions

Jul. 23, 2010—CFT assistant director Derek Bruff has another guest post on ProfHacker today: “Motivating Students with Application Projects and Poster Sessions.”  In the post, Derek describes an assignment he typically gives in his more “applied” math courses, an application project that gives students a chance to apply the math they have learned in the course to...

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