In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the psychology of students’ academic experiences and outcomes through
two powerful concepts: 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:
“Self-Determination Theory: Lecture by Ed Deci”
To learn more and register for this workshop, please visit the
Biggio Center website.