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Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Saundra McGuire, Ph.D.

Increasing Student Motivation: Strategies that Work

Thursday, January 10, 2013
12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Sky Room, Holmes Student Center

by Saundra McGuire, Ph.D.,
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry,
Louisiana State University


Sign, reading Motivation

Motivating today's students to actively engage in learning activities proves challenging for most faculty. Very often millennial students do not respond as did students in the past to extrinsic motivators such as bonus quizzes and extra credit assignments.   However, as James Raffini presents in 150 Ways to Increase Intrinsic Motivation in the Classroom, when the psych academic needs of students are met in creative ways, student motivation soars. This workshop will engage faculty in a discussion of addressing student needs for autonomy, competence, relatedness, self-esteem, and enjoyment in order to significantly increase student motivation.

Saundra McGuire is Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. She served as the director of LSU’s nationally recognized campus-wide learning center, The Center for Academic Success, from 1999 to 2009. Prior to joining LSU in August, 1999, McGuire spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the highly coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a fellow of The Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Chemical Society (ACS). In November 2007 the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) was presented to her in a White House Oval Office Ceremony. Her work with faculty involves the development of pedagogical techniques that facilitate mastery learning and helping them implement pedagogical techniques that maximize student learning outcomes.

Tentative Agenda

12:30 pm
12:55 pm
Welcome and introductions
1:00 pm
- A motivating story
- Definition of motivation in the academy
- Five bases of intrinsic motivation
2:30 pm
Refreshment break
2:45 pm
- Five bases of intrinsic motivation cont’d
- Role of emotions in motivation and learning
- Learning strategies that increase motivation
4:00 pm
Conclusion and institute evaluation

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This institute is for NIU faculty, instructors, and teaching SPS & Civil Service staff only. Registered participants will receive institute materials and a certificate of participation. Please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire afternoon. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center at by Friday, January 4, 2013 so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend the institute and/or institute costs can be reduced.

Registration Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2012

Registration is closed.

Last Updated: 07/14/2014