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Why are your students learning? A look at their learning motivation mindsets

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You have a learning experience design in hand from the first iteration of the Curriculum Design Studio (even if you still see it as a first cut that might change later).
This first lesson of the second iteration is about more deeply understanding what’s going to be motivating your students to learn when they enter into that experience. You’re going to look at an approach called Learning Motivation Mapping, and how to use it to come up with a ‘learning motivation mindset’ for each of your learning personas.

This is introduced in the video tutorial below. And you can get right to it with the tools below.

The related tools are found below.

The Learning Motivation Map

This is the Learning Motivation Map. You can print it or use the online version, and try to come out with a deeper understanding of your learners.

PDF version »

Google Drive version » (coming soon)

The Learning Motivation Survey *

This is the very early (pre-beta) version of a survey you look at to get an idea of what what each of the dimensions of the Motivations Map mean.

* This tool hasn’t been validated. It’s intended at this point as an aid to understanding the dimensions on the map and as a possible catalyst for conversations with students.

The steps you should follow at this stage:

As described in the video above, we want you to:

  1. Consider what the Motivation Mindset looks like for each of the learning personas in your landscape. You can do this intuitively by thinking through what you think the Learning Motivation Map looks like for each, or – if you don’t mind the still-draft nature of the survey provided here – by having a student work through the questions in the survey with you to help gain insight.
  2. Consider what kind of Motivation Learning Arcs you’re dealing with, or might want to encourage in your design
  3. Look for corresponding opportunities to improve your design and capture those in your Learning Experience Snapshot.

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