Friday, July 03, 2015


While effectively we are at that time of academic year when everything is winding up and results being agreed and closed off, it is also the time before everyone begins heading for the sun, distant parts or something else, for staff development sessions. Thinking about this usually gets me musing over training needs and opportunities to introduce and present case studies of new technologies and practice. It was as I began looking at some likely candidates, I came across a very readable and timely posting on motivation, with accompanying six minute pod cast from Susan Smith Nash posted on the Quick Lessons blog, that considers the issue of motivation from the perspective of cognitive psychologists, and looks at comparing some of the most influential theories that include :-
    Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
    Herzberg’s Motivation / Hygiene (two-factor) Theory
    McClelland’s Need for Achievement Theory
I really like this informative and  concise type of blog post, so many thanks to Dr Smith. Hope you find it as interesting as I did.
After just a few iterations of the design for our minted cubes mention in my blog post earlier on, we finally arrived a final version shown here. Given the size of 3cm, a decision was taken to abandon any images in favour of text, which in the end will serve the intended purpose?  Given that one side of the cube requires a lid, obvious really as a means of getting the mints out, this does mean there was less size for text on that side and so we went for a logo. The bottom face of the cube which you are not able to see from this image has information / health warning regarding the mint contents. Please stay in touch if you would like to know how they were received by everyone a desktop concept.


Blogger John Laskaris said...

Thanks for sharing the link to the article :) In general people needs vary (so as factors that motivates people) and can be grouped on different levels – that’s way I really like the Maslow’s theory. Obviously one doesn’t have to have needs on each of the levels and can stop e.g. on the lowest one but still the pyramid will depict it.

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