Motivating Students by Design: Practical Strategies for Professors, 2nd Edition

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The title of the book, Motivating Students by Design (2018), was chosen because the author explains how instructors can motivate students intentionally through the design of their courses. The two primary purposes of this book are to present a motivation model that can be used to design instruction and to provide practical motivation strategies and examples that can be used to motivate students to engage in learning. Based on decades of research, Dr. Brett Jones presents a framework to organize teaching strategies that motivate students. All of the strategies presented are followed by several examples, which provide readers with about 150 ideas for how the strategies can be implemented in courses. This book will be useful to graduate students and beginning professors, as well as professors who are more experienced and want to refine their instruction or try new strategies.

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Table of contents
Frontmatter: Copyright/license, Contents, More Information, Acknowledgments, Dedication, New to the Second Edition
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Understanding Motivation and the MUSIC Model of Motivation
Chapter 3: Designing Instruction Using the MUSIC Model of Motivation
Chapter 4: Strategies to eMpower Students
Chapter 5: Strategies to Leverage Usefulness
Chapter 6: Strategies to Support Success
Chapter 7: Strategies to Trigger Interest
Chapter 8: Strategies to Foster Caring
Chapter 9: The MUSIC Model of Motivation Theory and Research
Backmatter: Afterward, References, Appendices, and About the Author

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Jones, B. D. (2018). Motivating students by design: Practical strategies for professors (2nd ed.). Charleston, SC: CreateSpace.

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About the author
Brett D. Jones is a full Professor of Educational Psychology in the School of Education at Virginia Tech. He has held faculty positions as an educational psychologist at Duke University, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP), and Virginia Tech (VT). He has taught 24 different types of courses related to motivation, cognition, and teaching strategies, and has conducted workshops and invited presentations at several universities. His teaching awards include the Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Education at USFSP (2003), the university-wide Undergraduate Teaching Award at USFSP (2003-2004), the Favorite Faculty award (2007) at VT, the Teacher of the Week award (2013) at VT, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (2016) at VT. His research, which includes examining instructional methods that support students’ motivation and learning, has led to more than 100 refereed journal articles, 150 research presentations, several book chapters, and three books. He has received three grants from the National Science Foundation for a total of over $2 million to conduct his research. He received the VT College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award in 2011 and 2019.



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