Motivating Students to Learn by Bringing Growth Mindset Insights into Course Design and Teaching

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Brief Abstract

As confirmed by human learning principles, good teaching can improve students’ mental capacity and make a difference in reaching students’ intellectual potential, partially by helping students believe in their own ability to learn. This session will share how growth-mindset informed course design and teaching strategies motivate students to learn.

Presenters

Ye Liu is a Lead Instructional Designer at Office of Distance Education, Metropolitan College, Boston University. She works in partnership with faculty to design and develop online courses in a variety of online programs.

Extended Abstract

As confirmed by human learning principles, good teaching can improve students’ mental capacity and make a difference in reaching students’ intellectual potential, partially by helping students believe in their own ability to learn. This session will share how growth-mindset informed course design and teaching strategies motivate students to learn and grow.

The purpose of this session is to help instructors and instructional designers identify course design and teaching strategies inspired by growth mindset. They can use these strategies to help students achieve targeted learning outcomes. Educators can motivate students to learn by using both cognitive and affective strategies: transmitting educators’ caring about students’ learning efforts and helping students develop their own motivation to learn. 

The first part of the session will be an introductory presentation on a variety of course design and teaching suggestions that the presenter has been using in her own online course design, and has been communicating with her faculty members to facilitate students’ learning. A handout showing practical suggestions, linked with examples and resources, will be given to each participant.

Then the whole audience will participate in an interactive activity. Participants will reflect on one instructional design/teaching challenge they are facing when designing learning experiences for students and identify whether any strategies inspired by the growth-mindset approach can help conquer such a challenge. Participants have opportunities to share the challenges and suggestions with each other.

 This session will wrap up with questions and answers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify at least one course design or teaching strategy inspired by growth mindset.
  • Identify one suggestion provided by session participants that they could implement into their own course design or teaching.