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This module illustrated the importance of keeping and maintaining student motivation. Keeping students motivated is integral to their success in their program. Ensuring your expertise on your subject matter, being empathetic to student situations both in the learning environment as well as any outside stressors that may impact their ability to learn successfully is essential. 

Motivation is the key factor when it comes to succeeding

The instructor must dell the student on the value of their chosen profession and importance of achieving their goals

The course has given me a new look at gaming in the classroom.  Effectively engaging students in learning is a challenge faced by all instructors - novice and veteran.  I appreciate the course instructors view on using appropriate gaming and not just sticking it in a lesson.  I am going to implement the boss battles for certain.  As for the others, I will need to do some more reflection before I decide.

The faculty member can assist in the retention of students by understanding their backgrounds, their goals, their intentions as well as their fears. Student frustration is largely related to four areas that include, people, impersonal problems, rules and limitations.  Creating a supportive environment must focus on two areas which include intrinsic needs and extrinsic needs. The intrinsic needs focus on their educational pathway and incorporates factors such as students having the drive to learn a new skill, be competent in an area, acquire another skill set, succeed, do well and feel involved and interact with people. 

The extrinsic needs of… >>>

So far, I have learned that the characteristics of the learner are unique and incorporate the different age groups of students (age diversity). The average age of the student is 28 years old. Each age group has their own needs and expectations. Other characteristics involve cultural diversity, disabilities, fears, and support systems. 

The retention of students is largely based on student frustration which falls into 4 categories, namely, impersonal problems, people, rules and limitations. This is helpful when evaluating the overall needs of your students. 

Listen and be supportive of your students

Be creative and show respect. Grant every student an opportunity to establish their identity early in the classroom. It is important that each student be a contributor to the learning experience

This is very helpful. I have worked with students straight out of high school and adult learners. I have   spent quite a bit of time motivating various students.  I find it interesting that this training points out the difference between mentoring and babysitting.

Students will require motivation to encourage learning; therefore, as an instructor it is important to reinforce students learning by providing positive feedback.

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