Motivating Students to Continue Learning: A Case Study of Improving First Exam Disasters!
This is a practice based paper that addresses the theme of motivating students to remain engaged in learning over the entire semester. The authors present a case for considering the application of differential weights across the examinations administered in a class, with a student’s best score in the semester being weighted the highest and the worst score the lowest. A class in which such differential weighting was applied is presented as a case study. The impact of differential weighting is examined to see how it can be used as a means of encouraging students to continue learning through the semester and making an effort to improve their performance.
||Student Motivation, Learning, Grades, Student Performance
The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 8, pp.187-194.
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Associate Professor of Finance, Department of Accounting & Finance, D.A. Turner College of Business, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, USA
Amitabh S. Dutta has a B.Sc. in Statistics from Bombay University in India, an MBA from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and a Ph.D. in Finance from The University of Tennessee - Knoxville. He is currently an Associate Professor of Finance at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. His research interests lie in corporate finance, dividend policy, investments and financial markets. Currently, he is engaged in research on assessment, specifically on assessing the learning experience of students in his undergraduate Investments class.
Associate Professor and Department Head of Marketing, School of Business, Auburn University Montgomery, Montgomery, AL, USA
Rhea Ingram (Ph.D., University of Kentucky) is currently an associate professor and head of marketing at Auburn University Montgomery (AL). Rhea is an award-winning teacher with interest in Consumer Behavior, Sport & Event Marketing, and Marketing Management. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, and other various journals and conference proceedings. Rhea is very active in serving her university, profession, and community. Currently, she is the upcoming Program Chair/President Elect for the Society of Marketing Advances.
Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, D.A. Turner College of Business, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, USA
Patrick T. Hogan is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Columbus State University. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a CPA who has previously worked with Price Waterhouse/Coopers and KPMG Peat Marwick. He has over fifteen years of business experience in the use of information technology in the real estate and construction industries. Dr. Hogan has published in numerous academic journals in the fields of accounting and information systems.
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