Preparing Higher Education Teachers for Successful Online Teaching: Where Does Your Students’ Motivation Come From?


Motivation is essential and vital for any classroom, especially in higher education .Without motivation, the teacher’s job becomes very challenging. Although motivation is important for both teachers and students, this article focuses on students’ motivation as there has been disagreement on the source of students’ motivation. In the existing literature, there were two types of discussions. The first one assumed that students had an intrinsic motivation and that what keeps them going. The second one assumed that the course design plays the most crucial role in motivating students. Therefore, the study aims to discover the source of students’ motivation in a higher education institution in the UAE and to discuss the best practices for online higher education teachers that they use to motivate their students in an online learning environment. For this purpose, the researcher organized a focus group for teachers to find the best practices in an online teaching environment and designed a students’ survey to explore the the source of their motivation. The results indicated the source of students’ motivation and revealed that teachers found specific strategies to be more successful than others for motivating students in the online learning environment. Keywords: Motivation, Higher Education, ESL, Online learning. Themes: online learning, remote learning.

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Doaa Hamam, Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates

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Conference: ECE2022
Stream: Higher education

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