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Aug. 15, 2003


UW-RF Sets Course on Motivating Reluctant Learners

UW-River Falls is offering a course to help teachers motivate students in their classrooms who have lost interest in learning or are simply "turned off" by school.

"Motivating the Reluctant Learner" is an online, multimedia course that begins Sept. 15.

Difficult-to-reach students are present in every educator's classroom and their numbers seem to be increasing, according to course instructor Judy Cooper.

"Today's teachers need carefully selected strategies and techniques to teach and motivate reluctant students," Cooper said. "If teachers don't possess strong skills to reach, teach, and motivate this learner, the classroom will be characterized by discipline problems, lack of learning and on-going struggles to get students to pay attention and do their work."

In this course, participants will learn effective motivational techniques to create excitement for learning among students of any age. The online format enables participants to take the course in any location or time that is convenient to them. Participants will need access to a computer that connects to the Internet (at least via a 56K modem) and have basic computer proficiency.

All participants, regardless of residency, will pay the tuition rate of a Wisconsin resident for this two-credit course. Undergraduate students will pay $292 and graduate students will pay $538.

Registration for this course is available now. Visit the web site at www.uwrf.edu/outreach for more information including registration instructions and forms, or call the Outreach and Graduate Studies at 715/425-3256 or 800-228-5607.

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