Educate to Motivate! Exploring the application of Self-Determination Theory to Motivate Millennials and Gen Zers
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Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Alice Akunyili Christopher Burns Hany Ibrahim

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Motivation is essential to supporting and sustaining effective learning. Generally, motivated learners are more energized and engaged in the learning process. There are a number of benefits to educating motivated students including increased engagement, reduced anxiety, enhanced sense of collaboration and higher levels of creativity. Educators play a vital role in motivating students in higher education. We have experience in educating millennials for many years now, but we are just starting to see post-millennials (iGen Zers) enter the higher education scene, so it is critical to understand the difference in characteristics between these two generations to continue driving the motivation of our adult learners and to help them improve their academic achievement. There are many theories of motivation. This workshop will focus on Self-Determination Theory of motivation, particularly its three components; Competence, Relatedness, and Autonomy in relation to intrinsic motivations.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare the characteristics of "Millennials" and "iGen Zers".
  2. Differentiate between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
  3. Define the components of Self-Determination Theory; Competence, Relatedness and Autonomy.
  4. Develop relevant strategies to foster Post-Millennial/iGen students' motivation to learn in Team-Based Learning. 
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