As I am working on improving my online courses it seems I am coming full circle. I was reviewing some articles on motivating students in Edudemic and came across the article, "Creative Hacks for Increasing Student Productivity" by Aiden Wolfe. One hack is to decode your students to help alleviate Student Apathy. This takes me back to my first online course I had a PowerPoint called "How are you Smart?" which students went through to find out their learning styles. Do you know your strengths and weaknesses as a learner? Nowadays there are quite a few online surveys such as this one to use: Find your Strengths
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I would like to bring back this lesson/survey as I feel it is important for students to understand how they learn best in order to help motivate them. It is vital for students to develop a positive self-identity as life-long learners in order to fully engage in online courses. I know that the majority of my students have had very negative experiences in and out of formal education to the point that they feel negatively about themselves. I always point out to my adult learners who have been out of school for years that they have a lot of Prior Learning as we are constantly learning.