Can We Motivate Students to Learn?

Updated: Oct 4

Spencer Benson

Educational Innovations International Consulting, LLC


One of the most common questions encountered in faculty development workshops is, "How can I motivate my students to learn?" In order to answer that question, we must first examine why students disengage within the course and course material. Students who lack motivation may simply be bored in class. Student report finding classes boring for a variety of reasons including:

  • The course is required rather than one of their choosing;

  • The course was selected because the timing of the course "fits best" within their schedule, but they have no interest in the topic;

  • The course is appealing because the pedagogy is primarily didact content presen