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


The present study aims to 1) discover the source of higher education (HE) students’ motivation and explore the basis of their motivation from their point of view, and 2) discuss the best practices and strategies employed by HE teachers to motivate their students in online or remote learning environments. The study's objective is to listen to the students’ voices and suggest adding the best practices of motivating students to the teachers’ professional development programs. For this purpose, the researcher organized a focus group of six experienced HE teachers from several HE institutions to find the best practices in online teaching environments and designed a students’ survey to find the source of students’ motivation from their point of view. A sample of 344 students responded to the survey, and the general results revealed that certain factors affected the students’ motivation, such as their need for the course or the teachers’ way of instruction. The results also showed that HE teachers found specific motivation strategies to be more successful than others in the online learning environment, these strategies include but are not limited to online collaboration, technology utilization and gamification, as well as other strategies. Based on the study's findings, it is recommended to update the HE teachers’ professional development programs in terms of understanding the source of their students’ motivation to cope with future teaching and learning challenges and changes with the overall aim to increase their students’ motivation, especially in the online environments.

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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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Hamam D. (2022) Preparing Higher Education Teachers for Successful Online Teaching: Where Does Your Students’ Motivation Come From? ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings
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