Towards Reviving Intrinsic Motivation

15 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2014

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Alexei Karas

Utrecht University, University College Roosevelt; Utrecht University School of Economics; Centre for Russian International Socio-Political and Economic Studies (CERISE)

Date Written: June 23, 2014


Have you ever dreamt of designing a course that would be tailored to student’s individual needs? That would stimulate their creativity and allow them to satisfy their curiosity? That would give them control over their learning: when, where and whom to learn with? That would have no exams, tests or deadlines (and presumably no stress)? That would allow and even encourage failure? With frequent, right on time, feedback? With students caring about their learning and not about their grade (because they have a lot of control over their grade)? With students really learning? And enjoying it?

I have. This paper tells you the story of how I tried to design and teach a course of my dreams. It tells you the story of how I failed…

Keywords: teaching, intrinsic motivation, grading, experience points

JEL Classification: A22

Suggested Citation

Karas, Alexei, Towards Reviving Intrinsic Motivation (June 23, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

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