Yvette Prior

Yvette Prior

About me

Educator, researcher, work psychologist, author.  I have been teaching in Higher Eduction on and off since the 1990s and my area of research is work motivation. My past work experience has included teaching art, counseling, hospitality management, and doing outreach. Yvette finds refreshment from yoga, exploring the arts, and writing. 


So far in this course I am enjoying the guideline for using online resources in ways that are legal and helpful in order to enhance the learning experience for classes. 

Comment on Becca Humphrey's post: I also learned social networking tools can augment online collaboration and learning in order to develop a community with the learners. :) 

The good news is that soft skills (EQ) can be developed and we can increase emoathy and work at regaulating emtons while we grow and continue to improve. 

I really enjoy how this first module used research to support the points and clams - for example how the workplace success requures 85% soft skills and 15% hard skills - and then also noting the study that argued that teamwork and undertsanding others are curcial for instructors to bring to the workplace. 

Like the reminder about how extrisnic rewards dirve behavior but might give temporary results and stduents could feel manipulated by those outer rewards 

Also, external rewards being used until the learner is intrinsically motivated was a good takeway

I think a challenge for instructors at ECPI has to do with the five week format and the modules that come with each shell - It can be difficult to make changes to a "shell" for a cource because staying on track for the five weeks is curcial in order to successfully do a condensed course 

However, ijstructors can still offer some adjustments - and should - and this module showed us some tips for allowing perceptions of autonomoy and giveing real choices to students to help them engage nore and enjoy class with more sucess 

I had so many takeaways from this course 

Two helpul ones related to 1) Using structure as a way to gudie and plan for effectvness, which ca then help us manage stress and allow for time to counter stress and 2) Tpping into self-care, midnfulness, good food, and plenty of sleep as ways to fortify health for better resstance to negafuve impacts of stress 

Box breathingm also called square breathing - can help with stress release 


One of my favorite resoruces online is Therpsit Aid, which had free worksheets and a myriad of resources for helping with crisis managment and so much more 


Also, there is an informal 30-minute activity someone cn do to raise awateness about values and persoanl growth (attached as pdf). 

Reply to John Monsam's post:

John, I agree about the value of considring the instrutor's experience and reminding us to frt go with our gut 

I also agree about the increased insight in breaking down reactions into physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral and payng attenton to those.

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