Motivating College Student Learning

Student Motivation 1: What Influences Student Motivation for Learning?

Student Motivation 2: Strategies to Enhance Motivation

Lack of student motivation complicates our teaching and leads to poor student learning. Often it seems like there is little teachers can do about students' motivation for learning. However, motivation is not a fixed characteristic; teachers can influence students' effort and persistence. We may not transform every student into a self motivated learner--but we can orient our classes and practices to better support student effort and persistence.

Video 1 focuses on factors that influence academic motivation, and Video 2 describes strategies for improving student motivation.

Also see Angela Duckworth's talk, True Grit: Can Perseverance Be Taught, and The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us an animated talk by Daniel Pink.