Increase Student Motivation and Persistence with Choice

Session 3: 10:30–12:00 PM, Zoom Room 6


Giving your learners choice and autonomy in their learning is a proven strategy for increasing their motivation and persistence in the (online) classroom. Choice not only empowers learners to be in control of their own learning, but it allows for differentiation. Providing choices gives students agency over their learning, which also helps personalize learning in the classroom, and gets them excited about showing what they know. This freedom encourages them to be more responsible, accountable and independent in their learning. In this presentation we will demonstrate the use of Choice and Autonomy as a strategy to increase student motivation and persistence. We will cover both the use of paid programs such as Burlington English and AmEnglish as well as free online sources and core curriculum. In addition, we will show an array of projects our students have developed. Finally, we will end with a brainstorming session where participants can share ideas of resources and tools that can be used for offering students choice in their learning. Presentation outline: 1. What the research says about providing learners with choice & autonomy in classroom instruction- 15 min. 2. How we offer our students choice and the beneficial outcomes - 30 min. 3. Participant Activity: Fill in a Choice (Board) template - 10 min. 4. In breakout rooms participants share ideas on using choice with their students -10 min. 5. Wrap up with comments and final questions - 10 min.


Susan Rausch

Martinez Adult Education

Leif Williams

Martinez Adult Education

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (90 minute)



Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Adult Secondary Education
  • Career Technical Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • All

Category Strands

  • Blended Learning
  • Distance Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Online Engagement and Assessment