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Enhancing Student Motivation in Curriculum and Instruction at GVSU

Enhancing Student Motivation in Curriculum and Instruction at GVSU

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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Facilitated by Margery Ginsberg, Ph.D., national expert on adult learning.


Inclusion and motivation are foundational to a productive learning environment, course completion, and equitable post-secondary outcomes. However, planning for inclusive and motivating academic learning among a range of students is often guesswork based on trial and error.  This faculty development institute responds to the question, how can higher education faculty, across disciplines and teaching formats, plan instruction that is culturally nuanced, inclusive, intrinsically motivating, and academic effective?

The institute offers a coherent research base, pragmatic tools, flexible teaching strategies, and a sample syllabus to make instructional planning intrinsically motivating without compromising rigor.  Much of the material is based on the facilitator’s co-authored book, Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching All Adults, 4th edition (Wlodkowski & Ginsberg, 2017). Please participate in this institute for a productive and hopeful response to instructional improvement.



Participants will learn and apply -

  • Why effective instructional planning for challenging courses in higher education is also intrinsically motivating planning.
  • Four foundational conditions to coherently plan, initiate and mediate instruction face-to-face and online.
  • Field-tested and research-validated intrinsically motivating teaching strategies, with tools, templates, and protocols to enhance learners’ emotional safety, value for learning, engagement & competence.
  • Practices for equitable assessment.

For over thirty years, Margery has partnered with colleges and universities to enhance student intrinsic motivation and learning across academic disciplines.  Recipient of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Relating Research to Practice Award, her work builds on experience as a university professor in the fields of educational leadership, adult learning, instructional improvement, and institutional change.  For nearly a decade, Margery directed the University of Washington–Seattle doctoral program for aspiring educational leaders.  She later served as distinguished professor and director of an online M.A. degree program in diversity and adult learning. Earlier in her career she was a teacher on the Menominee and Southern Ute reservations, U.S. Dept. of Education-funded Title I technical assistance provider to state education agencies, coordinator of migrant education in a nine-state region in the Southwest United States, and director of evaluation for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).

Her recent books include Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching All Adults, 4th ed. (2017), co-authored with Raymond Wlodkowski, Excited to Learn: Motivation & Culturally Responsive Teaching (2015), Teaching Intensive & Accelerated Courses (2010), and Diversity & Motivation: Culturally Responsive Teaching in College, 2nd ed. (2009).

Margery has a Ph.D. in Bilingual/Multicultural/Social Foundations of Education from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois and can be reached at www.margeryginsberg.com or Margeryginsberg@gmail.com.

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For more information, please visit: Spring/Summer 2021 Opportunities


(616) 331-3498

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