Student motivation is enhanced when instructors meet students where they are. This means creating a welcoming and inclusive classroom, using examples that students can relate to, and referencing diverse sources of scholarship within the domain.
- Get to know students individually and personally: backgrounds, interests, reasons for taking the course; share professional research interests and experiences
- Make content relevant to all students’ lives; clearly link concepts/lessons to industry, a broader purpose, future classes/activities, or a transferable skill
- Use the appropriate language when referring to social groups
- Use varied names and socio-cultural contexts in stories, test questions and assignments