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Pre-Conference Workshops

Energize Students with Research-Based Strategies for Flipping, Problem-Based Learning, Online Instruction, Lecture, and More

• Brett Jones, Learning Sciences and Technologies, Virginia Tech


Workshop Objectives

  • Participants will be able to explain principles from motivation science research that apply to their courses.
  • Participants will have identified some specific teaching strategies that they can use to motivate their students.
  • Participants will be familiar with tools that they can use to assess students’ motivation.


Workshop Description

The purpose of this session is to help instructors think about how they can use motivation science to make changes in their classes, activities, and assignments that will lead to increased student motivation and learning. This practical workshop will help instructors connect motivation research to practical teaching strategies in a variety of teaching approaches, including flipping, problem-based learning, inquiry, discussions, and more. When professors learn the science behind what motivates students, they can apply these principles in any type of course.


Presenter Bios

Brett Jones, Learning Sciences and Technologies, Virginia Tech
Brett D. Jones, Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, has held faculty positions at Duke University, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP), and is currently a full Professor in the School of Education at Virginia Tech. He has taught 24 different types of courses related to motivation, cognition, and teaching strategies, and has conducted workshops and invited presentations at several universities. His teaching awards include the Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Education at USFSP (2003), the university-wide Undergraduate Teaching Award at USFSP (2003-2004), and the Favorite Faculty award (2007) and the Teacher of the Week award (2013) at Virginia Tech. His research includes investigating how students’ beliefs impact their motivation and examining methods instructors can use to design instructional environments that support students’ motivation and learning. He has received more than $2 million from the National Science Foundation to conduct his research and has published more than 75 articles, books, and book chapters. He has conducted more than 110 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences and received several awards for his research.