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Characteristics of a Motivated Instructor

According to Robert Wlodkowski’s book Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching All Adults, there are five characteristics an instructor must exhibit to motivate students: expertise, empathy, enthusiasm, clarity, and cultural responsiveness. All of these characteristics can be learned, practiced, and improved upon. The five characteristics are interdependent upon each other and build the foundation for becoming a motivating instructor. If we lack any one of them, we will be less capable of responding effectively to the many complexities that can strain instructional relationships with students, particularly adult learners.

Whether you teach in a brick-and-mortar environment or online, you must always remember to practice the five characteristics of a motivating instructor. In a virtual environment, you may need to utilize creative tactics to motivate your students. It is also important, however, to realize that many students participating in online courses are self-directed learners, capable of learning independently—essential in an online environment.

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+Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger

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