Evaluation of different teaching interventions to motivate agricultural students in the lecture of animal health

  • Alexander Grahofer Animal Physiology, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Roman Suter Educational Development Unit, University of Bern, Switzerland


Student motivation is an important factor for successful learning. The aim of this study was to describe and evaluate specific teaching interventions used in teaching animal health to students of agronomy. For evaluating the motivation of students, the MUSIC® Model from Jones rated on a 6-point Likert type scale was used. By means of the MUSIC® inventory and open questions at the end of the semester, students were asked about their perception of different interventions during the course. The caring component of the lecturer was evaluated at highest (5.7), followed by success (5.1), interest (4.8), usefulness (4.6) and empowerment (4.5) of the topics in this class. Furthermore, usefulness and interest seem to be the main driver for motivation among students in this study. Therefore, interventions which activate these components such as field trips with exercises and group discussions, should be regularly used in teaching to improve the motivation of students.