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Motivating Students: From Apathetic to Inspired

Motivation 101 for Modern Learners

In a perfect world, all of our students would take our classes because they wanted to, not because they had to. They would arrive early with readings done and assignments completed. They would contribute to discussions and pose compelling questions. They would be completely present, never dozing off, peeking at texts, or fooling around on smartphones during class. 

The reality is that there are students in our classes who don’t seem to make much of an effort to prepare, participate, or even show up. Their apathy is palpable, and it shows in their work and your evaluations. What if you could magically change all that?

Well, you can—and you don’t have to be a sorcerer to do it. It turns out that inspiration is as much method as it is magic, and much of what motivates today’s students isn’t really a mystery after all.

Educational psychologists have identified reliable and replicable ways to overcome student apathy and disinterest, and you can learn all about them in Motivating Students: From Apathetic to Inspired, a Magna Online Seminar. Learn ways to tweak your course design and instructional methodology to better engage students and foster accountability. Explore evidence-based strategies that help create a learning environment that increases student motivation, interest, and success. You will finish this seminar with the information and tools that you need to connect with—and maybe even inspire—modern learners. 

So don’t wait for your students to find their motivation when you can lead them to it. Watch this seminar today!

Topics Covered

Any instructor can learn how to elicit better student behavior. You just need the right information and the right tools. Get both in Motivating Students: From Apathetic to Inspired

In this Magna Online Seminar, learn practical steps you can take to:

  • Increase student participation
  • Apply educational psychology discoveries to your own teaching methods
  • Assess whether current course designs and assessments align with research findings
  • Improve student preparedness
  • Incorporate new instructional tools and methods that better motivate Millennial learners
  • Boost student attendance

While nothing guarantees that you’ll never face another blank stare from a student in the second row, you can minimize student apathy by making some high-impact changes to your teaching style and tools.

It’s not enough to know your material. You also have to know how modern learners think and what they expect. Those things may be different from what they were when you were a student or when you first started teaching. Fortunately, educational psychologists have uncovered some things that consistently motivate contemporary students. Learn how to apply those discoveries to your own courses in this Magna Online Seminar.

Seminar participants will finish with:

  • An understanding of current literature on motivating modern learners
  • The ability to assess how well current courses and methods are aligned with current research
  • Practical steps for improving course design, teaching methods, and assessment practices

Learn From an Expert

A professor of psychology at Dalton State College, Christy Price, Ed.D., has been teaching at the collegiate level for 20 years. She is a nationally recognized authority on innovative teaching techniques to engage millennial learners and was chosen by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as the Outstanding U.S. Professor for 2012 in the Baccalaureate Colleges category. Dr. Price won the Excellence in Teaching Award at Dalton State in 2007, and the University System of Georgia Teaching Excellence Award in the Two- & Four-Year College sector for 2008/2009. She was honored by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates for 2009. Christy also won the 2010 U.S. Professor Award for the state of Georgia. Dr. Price’s awards are, in part, a result of her use of innovative strategies in assisting students to achieve learning outcomes.

Who Should Watch this CD 

Whether you work at a two-year, four-year, public, or private institution, this seminar is invaluable to any instructor in any discipline. Student support professionals and administrators will also find the information relevant. 

Some of the job titles that will benefit from watching Motivating Students: From Apathetic to Inspired include:

  • Professors
  • Associate professors
  • Graduate students acting as teaching assistants
  • Instructors
  • Lecturers
  • Adjuncts


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