Staying Academically Motivated during a Pandemic: Best Practices for faculty to encourage students to succeed

Concurrent Session 6
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Brief Abstract

It is important to help motivate students to reach their highest potential.  Before this can be done, faculty need to have the drive and determination to be the best role models to enhance academic performance.  Suggestions on how faculty can stay motivated during a pandemic will be discussed in this presentation. 


JeVaughn has a shared background in both education and business. She currently holds a Master of Science degree in Education, Media Design and Technology, Master of Science in Media Management, and most currently a doctoral student. JeVaughn specializes in creating, presenting, and delivering content through various instructional design methodologies, including interactive delivery, public speaking, creating podcasts, video presentations, and alternative learning methods, including games, music, and multimedia. JeVaughn is determined to use various strategies to increase interest through creative instructional design, training and development, technical writing, project management, and software training. When she is not attempting to change the world of education as we know it, you can find her in the kitchen baking delicious vegan goodies.
Ellen Bruno Ramsey began teaching on campus for Lynn University, as an adjunct instructor, in 1994 for the College of Business and Management, after receiving her Master's Degree (with a concentration in International Business). She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Corporate Leadership in 2001. Dr. Ramsey was one of the first professors to develop online course curriculum in business (back in 2003), and became part of the full time faculty in 2015. She has since been promoted to Associate Professor and continues to be involved on campus with various committees; including holding the position of secretary for Lynn University's Academic Council for the 2020-2022 two year academic term.

Extended Abstract

Remote learning, hand-sanitizer, facial coverings, and zoom meetings are quickly becoming the new normal. While face to face classes, handshakes and hugs are slowly disappearing within today's society. This new normal can pose as unsettling and even depressing, especially for many fun-loving college-aged students who thrive for the need for human interaction to survive.  

Many students worldwide are reporting that they are struggling with keeping their grades up, they lack a sense of motivation while attending synchronous sessions and ultimately feeling burned out. The pandemic has disrupted the "normal" view of education as we know it. As educators, we must adapt quickly and focus on what is essential, which is enhancing the students' synchronous experience while keeping them motivated to complete course work. It is essential to help motivate students to reach their highest potential. Before this can be done, faculty must have the drive and determination to be the best role models to enhance academic performance.  

With that said, faculty members need to encourage each other so that they may, in turn, motivate their students with new innovative ideas and strategies.  

Level of Participation 

This presentation will pose as an interactive session, including polls, questions, and design thinking strategies. Attendees will first hear various scenarios and brainstorm with other attendees on how they can motivate the specified student during this difficult time.  During a final activity, the attendees will be able to see how each one of their ideas can come together to enhance motivation within the remote setting. 

Session Goals 

The goal is for participants to gain further insight into motivational practices to assist their students in achieving academic excellence even in the pandemic.