Overcoming Apathy & Maintaining Student Motivation

Wednesday, September 13, 2023
1:10 PM - 2:10 PM


This workshop is a webinar ONLY – please do not come to the CTE office.


To attend the webinar, log-in as a guest at Overcoming Apathy & Maintaining Student Motivation. This is a Blackboard Collaborate Session.


The webinar starts at 1:10 p.m. and we kindly request participants to enter the webinar at least 15 minutes prior to the start time and no later than 1:15 p.m. 


Late arrival and/or early exit from the workshop invalidates receiving credit. 


You may have heard (or uttered) the comments, 'My students don't turn in assignments or don't show up to class meetings. How do I get my students to care about my class?' Current and upcoming students in higher education have weathered an extreme and singular event - trying to learn in high school and college during a global pandemic, remotely, and often lacking the resources, skills, and learning 'toolkits' that pre-pandemic students generally had available for them. Students seem to be disengaged, disinterested, and lacking any real motivation to do well in their classes. And with the constant presence of distractions from technology, students' attention spans are shorter and communication skills are in decline. It feels much more difficult to engage today's students in the traditional classroom setting.

Fortunately, there are specific strategies that you as an instructor can use to enhance your teaching, engage students from the first class, and maintain that engagement throughout the semester. We'll discuss the multitude of aspects that are impacting our students' engagement and motivation and share our own experiences with these. Learn about how these facets of motivation then can translate into instructional choices and techniques you can use to develop a personal connection with your students, encourage student involvement in your class and investment in their learning, and expect (and receive!) excellence from your students. These strategies to engage students can be applied in small classrooms as well as in large lecture-hall style courses. Join us to learn how to create that positive, engaging learning environment where students 'show up' in every meaning of the word.

This is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.


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Michelle L. Hardee
Program Manager, Graduate TA Training
Center for Teaching Excellence

Michelle L. Hardee is the program manager for graduate student teaching assistant training and professional development in the Center for Teaching Excellence. She received her Ph.D. in marine science from the University of South Carolina and a master's from Grice Marine Laboratory at the College of Charleston. Throughout her 19-year teaching career, Michelle has been actively involved in marine science education and teacher training. She taught throughout her graduate program, as an instructor at Coastal Carolina University and as an adjunct professor of geology at the College of Charleston and is currently an instructor in the Marine Science Program at UofSC. She is a staunch advocate of all graduate students and of the critical need that GTAs develop pedagogical knowledge and professional skills for any future career pathway.