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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Week 1

The first module of this course begins with an introduction and overview of Self-Determination Theory (SDT). This includes a discussion of the basic and historical principles of SDT as well as definitions of key terms. Module 1 continues with an introduction to one of SDT’s mini-theories, Cognitive Evaluation Theory (CET) and the core concept of intrinsic motivation. The impact of rewards on intrinsic motivation and the role of intrinsic motivation in video gaming are also discussed. ...
6 videos (Total 54 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
2: What is Motivation?10m
3: Intrinsic Motivation10m
4: Rewards & Intrinsic Motivation11m
5: More Fun With Intrinsic Motivaton: The Example of Video Games8m
6: Optional Bonus Video: An Organismic Perspective7m
4 readings
Lectures 1-3: Introduction to SDT & Intrinsic Motivation30m
Lecture 4: Rewards & Intrinsic Motivation40m
Lecture 5: More Fun with Intrinsic Motivation: The Example of Video Games40m
Lecture 6 (optional): An Organismic Perspective20m
1 practice exercise
Module 1s
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Week 2

Week 2 focuses on two additional mini-theories within SDT: Organismic Integration Theory (OIT) and Basic Psychological Needs Theory (BPNT). The first four lectures in this module discuss OIT —describing the different types of motivation, organizing them along the continuum of relative autonomy, discussing what is meant by internalization, and describing the factors that facilitate and undermine autonomous motivation and internalization. Additionally, lectures in this module cover well-being and basic psychological needs theory (BPNT)—delving into what these basic needs are and providing evidence for their importance to well-being across cultures and in explaining day-to-day variations in happiness. ...
6 videos (Total 43 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
8. Everyday Examples of Different Forms of Motivations9m
9. How to Facilitate Autonomous Motivation and Internalization7m
10. The impact of Internalization: Three Examples8m
11. Well-being: An Introduction6m
12. Universal Impact of Basic Psychological Needs on Well-being5m
6 readings
Lecture 7: Extrinsic Motivation & the Continuum of Relative Autonomy20m
Lecture 8: Everyday Examples of Different Forms of Motivation20m
Lecture 9: How to Facilitate Autonomous Motivation & Internalization10m
Lecture 10: The Impact of Internalization: Three Examples20m
Lecture 11: Well-Being: An Introduction20m
Lecture 12: The Universal Impact of Basic Psychological Needs on Well-Beings
1 practice exercise
Module 2s
Week
3
5 hours to complete

Week 3

Week 3 delves deeper into people’s well-being and life goals…examining what makes us happier from one day to the next. The second lecture in this module introduces Goal Contents Theory (GTC), or the impact of intrinsic and extrinsic life goals on well-being. These lectures focus on how the pursuit of goals like money, fame, and image is associated with poor well-being even when these goals are achieved. Lectures in this module also center on mindfulness and the role of awareness in cultivating autonomy and on vitality -- or the energy available to the self, a central component of well-being and the role of nature in supporting vitality. ...
6 videos (Total 48 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
14. Life Goals and Happiness, Part I8m
15. Life Goals and Happiness, Part II: Be Careful What You Wish For9m
16. Life Goals and Happiness, Part III8m
17. Mindfulness and Motivation6m
18. Vitality & Nature8m
6 readings
Lecture 13: People’s Daily Variations in Well-Being30m
Lecture 14: Life Goals & Happiness, Part I20m
Lecture 15: Life Goals & Happiness, Part II30m
Lecture 16: Life Goals & Happiness, Part III30m
Lecture 17: Mindfulness & Motivation30m
Lecture 18: Vitality & Nature30m
1 practice exercise
Module 3s
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Week 4

Module 4 focuses on the importance of basic psychological need fulfillment in several areas of life. The first lecture covers research demonstrating that doing good for others and contributing to one’s community are associated with greater well-being. The next lecture centers on one of the most important ingredients to well-being -- meaningful relationships and the fundamental importance of psychological need support to building quality relationships. Next, discussion turns to some of the most formative relations in one’s life -- the relation between parents and children. This lecture covers research demonstrating that need support from parents is associated with optimal growth and development in children. The next lecture focuses on the process of identity formation, or how one comes to understand and develop one’s identities, roles, and interests. Also, in this module, a lecture dedicated to the application of SDT to education. Specifically, this lecture covers the importance of motivation to learning and how teacher styles impact students’ motivation and learning outcomes. Finally, the last lecture examines work and organizations and discusses how need support from managers and the work environment impacts outcomes like retention, job satisfaction, corporate citizenship, and work engagement....
6 videos (Total 50 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
20. Close Relationships7m
21. Parenting and the Support of Autonomy in Development10m
22. Identity Formation7m
23. Education: Intrinsic Motivaton in the Classroom7m
24. Work and Thriving: Facilitating Positive Engagement Using Self-Determination Theory9m
6 readings
Lecture 19: Pro-Social Behavior & Need Satisfaction30m
Lecture 20: Close Relationships20m
Lecture 21: Parenting & the Support of Autonomy in Development20m
Lecture 22: Identity Formation20m
Lecture 23: Education: Intrinsic Motivation in the Classroom30m
Lecture 24: Working & Thriving20m
1 practice exercise
Module 4s
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Top Reviews

By VMMar 21st 2019

I thank the mentor wholeheartedly for explaining how motivation affects various facets of life. His style of explanation is engaging and helps in introspecting oneself thoroughly.

By CSMar 13th 2019

useful and simple introduction to SDT\n\nIt's also pretty motivating.

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Richard Ryan

Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry & Education
Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology

About University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University provides exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College, School of Arts and Sciences, and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are complemented by its Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and the Memorial Art Gallery....

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