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Going Virtual: How to Create Student Curiosity in Remote Instruction Courses

Going Virtual: How to Create Student Curiosity in Remote Instruction Courses | Jose Vazquez

The most important result from the last twenty years of classroom research has been the shift from “teacher-centered” to “student-centered” teaching: the Active Learning revolution. Yet, this effort is narrowly focused on how students learn. For teaching to be truly “student-centered," one must first understand why students want to learn. By understanding student motivation we are able to fully integrate them into their learning process. Using the definition of curiosity offered by cognitive scientists, veteran professor and curiosity researcher Dr. Jose Vazquez will provide some basic strategies instructors can use right away to motivate students to learn by creating curiosity.

About Jose Vazquez

Jose J. Vazquez, Ph.D. is a Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches three sections of one of the largest Economics courses in the country (925 students). This is in addition to the more than 100,000 people who have registered over the last five years to take his very popular Principles of Microeconomics MOOC in Coursera. Therefore, it is probably safe to say no other instructor has taught Economics to more students. In addition to his role as instructor, Dr. Vazquez is also Director of the Teaching Academy for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. During his tenure at Illinois he has received several teaching awards, including Outstanding Teacher of Freshmen Award. He is also the co-creator of FlipIt Economics, along with Eric Chiang of Florida Atlantic University. FlipIt Econ, published by Macmillan, is a multimedia solution that helps students prepare effectively for class. Dr. Vazquez is a leader in the use and study of technology in higher education; in particular multimedia design. Recently, his research has been in the area of mental attention and student motivation, particularly the role of curiosity as a way to incentivize students. He has published his work in several academic journals and has presented at numerous academic conferences.

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