motivation

Three Steps to Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher: Rated KR (Keeping It Real)

 By: Essie Childers, Education Professor at Blinn College – Texas   Let’s take a moment to step away from facts around student retention, building facilities, growing partnerships and enrollment numbers. Albeit, those topics are truly important and can be found on any college or university’s agenda. What about adding to the agenda expected classroom experiences to promote student learning. The secret is out—instructors are at the “front door” to facilitate student learning; they also help promote retention and build enrollment. How? This is possible when instructors become culturally responsive teachers.

What IS Culturally Responsive Teaching?

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Badges for Modulary Learning Achievements

Could achievement badges be the motivation your students need? One of the common causes of learners’ lack of motivation and failure to complete is a failure to understand why the learning activities are valuable. Are learners in your courses asking themselves:

    Why am I doing this?
    When will I be done?
    Why does this matter?
If they are, they might also be coming to conclusions like:
    I’d rather spend my time on something else.
    I’m not going to make it to the end—I can’t even see where the end is.
    This doesn’t matter to me.

Badges Boost Student Motivation

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MindTap Sparked Motivation to Study U.S. History

Jeff Jacobs, a Junior at Liberty University, had been skeptical about digital learning products before he tried MindTap for U.S. History. MindTap kept Jeff organized, motivated and definitely made him more confident in course material.

Student Success Story

Challenge: Jeff was annoyed by previous digital experiences, and indifferent about studying in the course Solution: MindTap for U.S. History Result: MindTap offered convenient access to course materials and study tools in one place; Progress App motivated Jeff to work harder to beat the class average. He got an A.

Learn how Jeff got motivated to study and succeed with MindTap for U.S. History

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Criminal Justice Students Get More Employable with MindTap

Guest contributor:  by Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM   Throughout this criminal justice blog series, I have explored the wide range of skills students need to be successful in the criminal justice field. They must be able to exhibit the skills, attributes and behaviors employers want in order to secure a job and develop a career in criminal justice. But, exactly how can and should our students demonstrate their skills to start their careers in criminal justice? Students tend to only consider projects or reports from a capstone course to showcase these employability skills, if at all. Many times these may Read More…


How to Improve Writing Skills with MindTap

Guest Contributor: Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM
Criminal Justice Online Program Chair at Broadview University Careers in criminal justice certainly require a wide variety of skills. In my last blog post, I discussed my challenge to build the decision-making skills of my criminal justice students. Without a doubt, this skill is the foundation for student success as a criminal justice professional. But, if you are an instructor of criminal justice like me, you’ll probably agree another valuable skill is the ability to write accurate and well-written reports. If so, what are the best ways we can give Read More…


How to Build Decision-Making Skills with MindTap

Guest Contributor: Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM
Criminal Justice Online Program Chair at Broadview University Developing tomorrow’s decision makers in criminal justice is certainly a tall order. But, this is one challenge I take very seriously, as do most instructors. One of my biggest challenges is finding effective ways to engage my students and build their decision-making skills because I know how critical this will be to their success as a criminal justice professional. As an online criminal justice program chair, I want to design a learning experience that helps empower my students to reach their potential and Read More…


Why College Students Want to Use MindTap

Guest contributor: Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM   When college students enter my criminal justice program, they are excited to begin their careers in law enforcement, corrections, community supervision, security and other Criminal Justice positions. Unfortunately, some of the students are not always prepared for how rigorous the program can be, which can affect their confidence and present many teaching challenges. The solution that works for me and my students is MindTap, which helps bring the course to life! Within MindTap, I direct my students to the eBook and the dynamic visual summary, which provides a map showing how topics in Read More…


How to Help Criminal Justice Students Become Job-Ready

Guest Contributor: Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM   The criminal justice field has changed so greatly over the past decade. My goal in the classroom is to help prepare my students to become fully job-ready. We focus on improving their communication skills, their reading comprehension, and their decision-making ability through dynamic scenarios. When students begin their CJ career, they learn quickly that every written word and every action can be used in court, captured on video, and easily shared on social media. As a state trooper who is passionate about law enforcement, my primary goal is to act Read More…


14 Traits of a Confident College Student

While we know that confidence plays a key role in determining a student’s success, how do we define confidence?  What does a confident student look like? In The Confident Student, 8th edition, author Carol C. Kanar identifies 14 traits of confident students. Do you see these traits in your students? Flexible – They have an open mind and are adaptable to change.
Self-motivated – They know what they want and strive to achieve it.
Intellectual risk taker – They think for themselves, critically and creatively.
Enthusiastic – They remain optimistic and energetic.
Responsible – They “own” and are accountable for their actions.
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Teaching Tips to Help with Student Motivation and Struggling Students

Midterm exam time has passed, and now as a college instructor you may be left wondering how to assist your struggling students. Another concern may be student motivation for those college students that are breezing through the class and starting to seem disengaged. Both are issues that can be addressed with some innovative teaching tips.

What are college students thinking?

Author Peter Filene discussed the importance of listening to students prior to starting class to discover their preconceptions in The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors. Filene recommended college instructors ask what students think about Read More…