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Motivating all our students?

Su, White; Bouvier, Dennis; Carter, Janet; Cardell-Oliver, Rachel; Hamilton, Margaret; Kurkovsky, Stanislav; Markham, Stefanie; Shi, Jian; McClung, O. William; White, Su; Riedesel, Charles; McDermott, Roger


White Su

Dennis Bouvier

Janet Carter

Rachel Cardell-Oliver

Margaret Hamilton

Stanislav Kurkovsky

Stefanie Markham

Jian Shi

O. William McClung

Su White

Charles Riedesel


Academics expend a large amount of time and effort to sustain and enhance the motivation of undergraduate students. Typically based on a desire to ensure that all students achieve their full potential, approaches are based on an understanding that students who are highly motivated will learn more. Furthermore, institutional rewards accrue from effective use of academics' time, along with financial benefits associated with high levels of retention and progression. This working group report, based on practice in Europe, Australasia and North America, builds on previous work. It provides an updated and revised literature review, analyses a larger collection of survey data and has sought to triangulate earlier findings with qualitative data from practitioner interviews. The report covers established approaches in teaching, support and extra-curricular activities. It tracks emerging practice such as streamed and differentiated teaching, and research based and authentic learning. It also considers contemporary innovations in student activities. Finally it reports on a repository of tips and techniques which has been established to support faculty wishing to change or review current methods.


BOUVIER, D., CARTER, J., CARDELL-OLIVER, R., HAMILTON, M., KURKOVSKY, S., MARKHAM, S., MCCLUNG, O.W., MCDERMOTT, R., RIEDESEL, C., SHI, J. and WHITE, S. 2011. Motivating all our students? In Proceedings of the 16th Innovation and technology in computer science education annual conference: working group reports (ITiCSE-WGR '11), 27-29 June 2011, Darmstadt, Germany. New York: ACM [online], pages 1-18. Available from:

Conference Name 16th Innovation and technology in computer science education annual conference: working group reports (ITiCSE-WGR '11)
Conference Location Darmstadt, Germany
Start Date Jun 27, 2011
End Date Jun 29, 2011
Acceptance Date Jun 27, 2011
Online Publication Date Jun 27, 2011
Publication Date Jun 30, 2011
Deposit Date Apr 7, 2017
Publicly Available Date Apr 7, 2017
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages 1-18
Keywords Otivation; Differentiation in the classroom; Learning programming; Higher education
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