- Start with meaningful standards. Can't overemphasize this--this is how to tap into two of the three keys to motivation: mastery and purpose. We're all more likely to want to master clear, clearly meaningful/practical goals, especially when they tie into a purpose bigger than ourselves.
- Class discussions regarding the objectives. Unpacking them together.
- Students set their own goals (#autonomy) regarding the objectives and plan their learning process. I'm interested in teaching deconstruction as a learning technique (a la Tim Ferriss).
- Students choose among options for learning activities/products to better suit their interest and readiness. Autonomy, again.
- Students get immediate feedback as they work (from me and peers and self-assessment).
- Students get multiple attempts to master the material/skills. No zeros. No late penalties. Incentive to keep working is intrinsic, plus the realization that falling too far behind is a very real danger.
- Students share their work with each other and the world. @Twitter is key here, but @YouTube, etc. are also great.
I feel like if I can build the right structure, one that is in line with human nature, and then build relationships on top of it, it will run itself.