Course Description

This course focuses on creating a motivating environment within an organization, whether it is a library, a small business, a corporation, a government agency, a start-up, or a school. Regardless of the setting, many of the motivational principles you will learn are relevant and applicable.

Through the readings, online discussions, videos and class activities and assignments in this course, students will learn about traditional and innovative applications of motivation theories and models for better understanding and improving their learning, work, and virtual environments. Students will also find that these theories and models have been applied to all aspects of this course, such as choice of assignments, opportunities to work alone and in groups, and discussions that are interesting and relevant to the wide variety of challenges they will face as information professionals.



Professor of Record

Marilyn Arnone


Graduate students, masters, and doctoral level.

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of a variety of motivation theories, models, and concepts and their interrelationships.
  2. Apply these theories, models and concepts to a variety of information problems and contexts.

Course Syllabus

IST 617 Fall 2020 Syllabus

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