The Flourishing Academic

A blog for teacher-scholars published by the Duquesne University Center for Teaching Excellence

Coming Soon: Designing Effective Adult Learning Experiences

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By Rachel Luckenbill, CTE Instructional Consultant for TAs

We usually don’t post on Thursdays, but today we wanted to offer a little forecast of a post that we’ll publish on November 3. The topic? Designing effective adult learning experiences.

If you’ve ever had the experience of teaching adult learners you know that it doesn’t work to assume the same things you do about traditional college students. I’m having that experience this semester. For the first time I’m teaching a writing course for adult learners. Their approach to grades, their investment in the material, the life experience that informs their participation in the classroom, and the challenges they face are often radically different from what 18 to 22-year-old college students bring to a course.

For this reason, I’m looking forward to participating in a workshop on designing effective adult learning experiences this coming Monday, October 27, hosted by Duquesne University’s Center for Teaching Excellence. The workshop will feature Dr. Susan Hines, Associate Professor and Director of Faculty Development at St. Mary’s University in Minnesota who has been involved in numerous studies on adult student engagement and provides keynotes and workshops on adult learners at regional colleges.

The week following her address, we’ll present valuable insights from the workshop here on The Flourishing Academic.

Duquesne faculty and graduate students: if you’re interested in attending the talk please register here.

Author: duqcte

Founded in 1989 as a faculty initiative, the Center for Teaching Excellence helps faculty and graduate student teaching assistants excel as teacher-scholars deeply invested in their students’ learning. We believe that excellent teaching is an art that grows through scholarship, practice, reflection, and collaboration. Our approach at CTE is a personal one. We promote excellence in teaching by getting to know our faculty and TAs, learning from them, fostering their leadership, and bringing people together from across the University.

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