Democratizing Required Courses: Promoting student empowerment and engagement

20 Minute Research Presentation

Presenter(s):

Kate Power – UBC Vancouver

Abstract:

Student learning outcomes are substantially affected by motivation. Given that students often lack interest in “dry” mandatory writing courses, one challenge faced by instructors is to motivate engagement with the material. This presentation reports on a pilot approach to democratizing required writing classes, with a view to increasing student motivation.