• E-maillucas.jeno@uib.no
  • Phone+47 48134643
  • Visitor Address
    Christiesgate 12
    Bjørn Christiansens hus
    5015 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7807
    5020 Bergen

Lucas M. Jeno is an Associate Professor in University Pedagogy at the University of Bergen. Jeno researches how motivation is facilitated, and how motivation in turn impacts learning, dropout, and psychological well-being. 

Jeno's interest in motivation has been ongoing since his bachelor's thesis, and his interest and approach have been elaborated and grown convergently. Jeno began researching how teachers' motivation styles affect student motivation and learning (BSc and MSc theses), and further to investigate various factors that contribute to students' autonomous motivation (PhD thesis). In the postdoc project, Jeno looked at the role of technology in motivation and learning. The current line of research deals with the longitudinal effects of motivation on student achievement, dropout rates, and students' psychological well-being and learning processes.

Jeno leads an UiB-Humaniora strategy project where he investigates teacher students' motivation, teaching quality, and dropout rates, as well as project evaluation of the Mentor Scheme at UiB. Jeno is also a project partner in one DIKU project and one NFR project, where his role is to apply motivational principles and statistical techniques to investigate the students´ motivation and learning. Jeno has previously been Project Manager for the DIKU project "MOVUL: Mobile based learning as assessment", where the goal was to develop and test a mobile-based assessment tool for biology students.

Upcoming projects: With international partners, we investigate how experimental interventions affect students' different motivational and cognitive outcomes. With my PhD candidate, we investigate how students' social context, motivation, and personality over time affect student dropout rates. With my Master candidates, we investigate how motivational profiles and mastery relate to students' grades and interests in their studies. I have been asked to write two book chapters: 1) on motivation in higher education, and 2) on motivation and technology. Finally, a narrative literature review that will soon be submitted integrates the field of mobile learning from a motivational perspective. This study I expect will lead the field of mobile learning in the years to come because of the scope of the study, and its innovative approach.


I have in total 13 popular scientific chronicles and interviews in the media. In these, I have disseminated issues related to: learning and motivation in higher education, educational development, study techniques for students during the pandemic (https://www.vaergodmotdegselv.no/en/study-techniques), and how to po perform before exams. 


I have also employed my competence in statistics and learning to evaluate and improve the Norwegian national student evaluation questionnaire, and have been invited by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education to present my suggestions and recommendations (https://www.nokut.no/arrangementer/hoyere-utdanning/studiebarometeret--seminar/).


Finally, on social media (Twitter), I disseminate research, methods, and project-relevant information for an ongoing project (@ArtsApp1) and my own research (@lucas_jeno). 


I teach various courses in University Pedagogy that I have developed or co-developed. These courses includes:

  • Small group teaching
  • University pedagogy for PhD-candidates
  • Team-Based Learning
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to University Pedagogy
  • Student motivation


I offer supervision for students in education, motivation and learing, using quantitative and qualitative methods. Look below for previous and current students I am supervising:

PhD-supervision (*Main supervisor)

Marius Ole Johansen* 2018-2023 

Oddfrid T. Kårstad Førland 2019-

Yuliia Sharapenko 2023-

Master of Science supervision (*Main supervisor):

Brigt Roar Skeie* 2022-2024

Emilie Andreassen* and Andrea Roso Johansen* 2022-2023

Kjetil Grotle Rundereim* 2021-2022 in the project "ArtsApp"

Sara Madeleine Kristensen* 2016-2017 in the project "Paths to dropout"


I offer workshops in use of active learning and technology to support learning in teaching, and on motivaiton. 

All my research is available at my Google Scholar profile. Ongoing projects and pre-prints are available at my  Open Science Framework page.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). “Why is this relevant for me?”: increasing content relevance enhances student motivation and vitality. Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Show author(s) (2023). The bright and dark side of autonomy: How autonomy support and thwarting relate to student motivation and academic functioning. Frontiers in Education. 13 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Facilitating academic and social integration among first-year university students: is peer mentoring necessary or an additive measure? Mentoring & Tutoring. 29-48.
  • Show author(s) (2023). A Classification System for Teachers’ Motivational Behaviors Recommended in Self-Determination Theory Interventions. Journal of Educational Psychology. 1158-1176.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Using WhatsApp increases language students' self-motivation and achievement, and decreases learning anxiety: A self-determination theory approach. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (JCAL).
  • Show author(s) (2022). A qualitative investigation of psychological need-satisfying experiences of a mobile-learning application: A Self-Determination Theory approach. Computers & Education Open (CAEO). 11 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). The Within-Person Effect of Psychological Distress on Social Self-Efficacy: A Random Intercept Cross-Lagged Panel Model . Journal of Research on Adolescence.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Testing the METUX Model in Higher Education: Interface and Task Need–Satisfaction Predict Engagement, Learning, and Well-Being. Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Motivational Determinants of Students’ Academic Functioning: The Role of Autonomy-support, Autonomous Motivation, and Perceived Competence. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research. 194-211.
  • Show author(s) (2020). The effects of a goal-framing and need-supportive app on undergraduates´ intentions, effort, and achievement in mobile science learning. Computers & Education. 1-14.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Gender gaps in the performance of Norwegian biology students: the roles of test anxiety and science confidence. International Journal of STEM Education. 1-10.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Are Autonomously Motivated University Instructors More Autonomy-Supportive Teachers? International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning. 1-14.
  • Show author(s) (2018). The effects of m-learning on motivation, achievement and well-being: A Self-Determination Theory approach. British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET). 1-15.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Testing the novelty effect of an m-learning tool on internalization and achievement: A Self-Determination Theory approach. Computers & Education. 398-413.
  • Show author(s) (2018). A prospective investigation of students’ academic achievement and dropout in higher education: a Self-Determination Theory approach. Educational Psychology. 1163-1184.
  • Show author(s) (2017). The relative effect of team-based learning on motivation and learning: a self-determination theory perspective. CBE - Life Sciences Education. 1-12.
  • Show author(s) (2017). The effect of a mobile-application tool on biology students' motivation and achievement in species identification: A Self- Determination Theory perspective. Computers & Education. 1-12.
  • Show author(s) (2014). A self-determination theory perspective on autonomy support, autonomous self-regulation, and perceived school performance. Reflecting Education. 1-20.
  • Show author(s) (2014). A motivational model of autonomy-support, autonomous motivation, and perceived school performance: A self-determination theory perspective. Reflecting Education. 1-20.
  • Show author(s) (2016). bioCEED Survey 2015. 1. 1. .
  • Show author(s) (2024). Motivation and learning.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Pedagogy for group work.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Gruppelederopplæring: Undervisning og tilbakemelding.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Videreutvikling av Studiebarometeret.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Studentaktiv læring - hva, hvordan, hvorfor.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Hvorfor full revolusjon* er nødvendig. *av studiebarometeret.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Using Self-Determination Theory (SDT) to inform professional development, understand why active learning works, and forster the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
  • Show author(s) (2018). Team-Basert Læring.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Active learning.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Hvordan bruke teknologi i undervisningen for å motivere og lære.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Digital resources in teaching activities.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Developing the bioCEED Survey 2015.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Utdanningskvalitet i biologikurs - Fra underviserkultur til læringskultur.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Hvilken effekter har teknologi på studentenes læring og motivasjon?
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) (2023). Hvordan motivere seg i eksamensperioden.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2022). Fluctuation of autonomy and functioning within a teaching lesson: An Experience-Sampling Method approach.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Perceived novelty is not enough: the effect of need-support in m-learning on internalization and achievement.
  • Show author(s) (2018). How mobile learning can support student motivation and achievement.
  • Show author(s) (2018). A Self-Determination Theory approach to understanding the motivational dynamics of Team-Based Learning.
  • Show author(s) (2017). The effects of technology on learning.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Strategies for documenting the implementation of active learning in the Department of Biology.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Hvordan teknologi kan bidra til aktiv læring.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Hvordan teknologi bidrar til biologistudenters motivasjon og læring.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Shift from teacher-centered to student-centered learning. Bottom-up and top-down changes in an institution.
  • Show author(s) (2015). ArtsApp – et verktøy for enklere artsidentifikasjon.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) (2024). Et høringsforslag som skroter utdanningsfaglig kompetanse? Khrono.no.
  • Show author(s) (2022). AI: Et gode eller et problem? Khrono.no.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Vi vil ha full revolusjon: Studiebarometeret 2.0! Khrono.no.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Relevans, lissom? Khrono.no.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Hvis klimakonkurransen skal fungere, er det noen ting man bør tenke på. Khrono.no.
  • Show author(s) (2017). God undervisning kommer ikke fra hjertet. Studvest.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Belønning og økt status kan gi bedre forelesere. Forskning.no.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Vi bør gjøre noe med undervisningen. Bergens Tidende.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Mer enn forelesninger. Forskerforum. 39-39.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Hvordan lese til eksamen? Klassekampen. 18-19.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Hvordan du faktisk presterer under press. Studvest.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Vanskelig å komme i gang? Motivasjonstips til deg som er student . Studvest.
  • Show author(s) (2024). Bendik (25) droppet ut av lærerutdanningen etter tre år.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Mobilteknologien som gjør gresset grønnere for studentene.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Mistet motivasjonen? Her er ekspertens beste tips.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Søk hjelp så fort du kan.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Hvordan forberede seg til eksamen.
Programme participation
  • Show author(s) (2020). Webinar om Studiebarometeret – videreutvikling.
  • Show author(s) (2016). NOKUT-frokostmøte. Rom for mer læring?
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) (2015). Encouraging Active Learning in Higher Education: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective. International Journal of Technology and Inclusive Education (IJTIE). 716-721.
Article in business/trade/industry journal
  • Show author(s) (2022). Studenter ble motivert til å lære av en app. https://forskning.no/.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

I collaborate and manage several projects. See below for an overview of current and past projects:


DEVELOP: Developing evidence-based mentoring for better STEM work placements. DIKU funded with 4 688 362 NOK. Project number: ARB-2021/10151 (Project period: 2022-2025). Role: Project Partner

bioCEED: Centre of Excellence in Biology Education. NOKUT/DIKU funded with 4 000 000 NOK a year (2014-2024). Role: Project Partner

ArtsApp: How technology impacts motivation and interest for learning species. Norwegian research council funded with 8 000 000 NOK. Project number: 275681 (Project period: 2018-2022). Role: Project Partner

MOVUL: Mobile based learning as assessment. DIKU funded with 550 000 NOK. Project number DIG-2020/10014 (Project period: 2020-2022). Role: Principal Investigator

Motivational role in explaining student teachers study quality and dropout. HF-project-financed with 341 000 NOK. (Project period: 2022-2023). Role: Principal Investigator

Mentorordningen: Evaluation of Mentorordningen at UiB. (Project period: 2022-2024). Role: Principal Investigator