Strategies to Improve Students’ Academic Experience: Motivation and Metacognition
Motivation is the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Self-motivated students can succeed in almost any learning environment, but most students need support, guidance, and modeling from the instructor to become motivated to learn. This is especially true for first year students, first generation students, and students from underrepresented populations.
Metacognition (thinking about thinking) is the process by which students learn how to learn through reflection. This cognitive habit helps them to identify learning strategies that work best and how to transfer skills and knowledge to diverse learning environments. From small tweaks to full course redesigns, in this workshop you will learn how motivation and metacognition can be harnessed to improve students’ experiences and outcomes.
Participants in this workshop will:
- Be introduced to current cognitive science research on the nature and impact of motivation and metacognition on student learning
- Practice using these concepts in authentic teaching and learning sample scenarios
- Develop a small or large scale intervention to leverage the two Ms in a current or future course to improve student satisfaction and achievement
To prepare for this workshop, watch this: TED Talk: Promoting Motivation, Health and Excellence
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Last modified: February 7, 2018