The Gratitude-Motivation Connection & How Discussion Boards Can Encourage Both for Your Students #


The onset of the global pandemic and sudden transition to distance learning left many students feeling overwhelmed and lost in Spring 2020.  This was especially challenging for third-year law students who not only were required to complete their legal education and to attend graduation online but also were faced with navigating their bar studies through a sea of uncertainty affecting the bar exam dates, content, and format. Thus, began the initiative to develop a supplemental program that would support students during this unprecedented time by helping them to flip the locus of control back to creating intrinsically-motivated goals and to regain and maintain their motivation through the longer bar prep season. This program, now known as the Gratitude Program, explains the gratitude-motivation connection and explores ideas for implementing technology resources, such as student-focused discussion boards, to use gratitude as a means to improve students' positive emotions and motivation for studying.  

This session is for anyone from the novice to the experienced techie!  Attendees will walk away with a solid understanding of the gratitude-motivation connection and three ready-to-go gratitude-motivation "enlightenment" activities that use discussion boards to facilitate communication between and among students and faculty.

Ohio Northern University College of Law

Session Time Slot(s)

06/02/2021 - 17:00 to 06/02/2021 - 18:00