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Designing a network curriculum in higher education

An enhancement of intrinsic student motivation?

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Designing a network curriculum in higher education

An enhancement of intrinsic student motivation?

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Increasing students’ motivation in higher education by designing a specific curriculum has always been a challenging but very complex process. The Department of Business, Finance and Marketing (BFM) of The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) initiated a redesign of the curricula with the major goals of increasing flexibility of learning opportunities and offering students a more motivating, inspiring and richer diversity of learning experiences. In the literature of learning in higher education this has often been labeled as ‘offering extracurricular learning opportunities’. The redesign of the curriculum implies that the new one will result in an enhancement of the flexibility of the curriculum, by offering learning opportunities beyond the borders of specific programs like marketing, finance or entrepreneurship and retail management. The richness and diversity should create flexible platforms, offering students the possibility to enrich their career choices to design their own personalised career path, hopefully maximizing the possibilities for their talent development. However, very little is known about the relationship between the students’ satisfaction with extracurricular learning opportunities, aiming at the personalisation of students’ career choices, and their motivation. In this chapter we describe our research into this relationship between student motivation and learning environments. Designing a network curriculum by increasing the possibility of extracurricular learning opportunities in higher education could have a positive impact on students’ motivation when it is combined with activities to increase goal students’ commitment. This depends on teachers’ qualities to communicate the valence and instrumentality of the learning possibilities offered for the prospective work environment. This is a complex issue however. Teachers from different educational programs, even in the same domain, have a different orientation on existing learning opportunities within one specific program. Excellent coaching skills by tutors are important. These coaching skills are necessary to support students in the process of envisioning extracurricular learning opportunities when important career choices have to be made.

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OrganisatieDe Haagse Hogeschool
AfdelingITD HBO-ICT
LectoraatLectoraat Duurzame Talentontwikkeling
Gepubliceerd inFrans Jacobs & Ellen Sjoer (Eds.). Inspired to change: A kaleidoscoop of transitions in higher education. - Chapter 12 The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Hague, Pagina's: 144-155
Jaar2018
TypeBoekdeel
ISBN978-90-73077-94-2
TaalEngels

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