February 2, 2024:Why does the stick work better than the carrot?

On 23rd January Vasumathi Sriganesh delivered a lecture on literature searching at the Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in Mumbai for their Post graduate students. An enthusiastic lot, they scored very well in the small post test that we normally give at the end of such events. 
But here is something very thought provoking.

In the Feedback Section of the form, we asked a question –  “Do you think Literature Searching should be taught in the curriculum”? All of them answered – “Yes”

But – for the question –  “Will you register for our courses and complete them” – Only one student said Yes. Most said that they would like to but time is a problem!
(It was mentioned earlier, that they need to spend just about 8-10 hours and they have a whole year to complete them!)

When verbally asked – “You were offered a great carrot, but it looks like you need a stick to do the courses”. Why??

All of them smiled and said “Compulsion definitely helps”!

Interestingly after the lecture, Vasumathi Sriganesh was invited to meet the Principal. And to her pleasant surprise a couple of faculty members and the Principal expressed interest in subscribing to our Elearning courses. They also assured her that they would ensure that all students completed them. We are now eagerly waiting for them to complete the formalities. Once they complete the formalities, they would be the first Ayurved College to sign up!

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