It's not always people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest" - Carol Dweck

The adult learner has purpose, wants to be involved, seeks affirmation, expects relevance, and holds to deeply personal reasons for pursuing a degree in higher education.

Setting the Table is a series presented by Dr. Brad Garner, Director of Faculty Enrichment, Center for Learning and Innovation.  In it, he offers his timely research, innovative ideas, and practical applications to strengthen instructors in the classroom.

Question: How important is it to you to understand the needs and wants of the adult learner?  Please leave a comment below.

Presenter: Brad Garner / Director of Faculty Enrichment, Center for Learning and Innovation

Recorded: May 26, 2016

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3 Comments on Setting the Table: What Adult Learners Want and Need [VIDEO]

  • Carmen Wesley -

    Thank you Dr. Garner for your insight on this valuable lesson. It is very important to me as an individual, an educator and a mentor to understand my student's holistic needs and interests.

    My desire is for students to feel comfortable in their entire learning experience with me. This encapsulates each component of their lives; family, work and school are relevant.

    Students seek a sense of balance in their academic and personal lives. It is my responsibility as an educator to assist them in their endeavor to attain this intended goal.

  • QuaWanna Bannarbie -

    It is very important to me to understand the needs of the students in the classroom (even though I am an online educator). I desire that the students know that I value their decision to pursue their studies as well as value their commitment to make it happen. For me, the greatest of the needs mentioned is making the course subject matter relevant to their purpose and experiences. In my discussion posts and correspondence with the students, I try to meet that need.

  • Jim Vermilya (Sr.) -

    Thanks, Dr. Garner. It is tempting to think that you (the instructor) know what students need and they just need to buck up and learn what you are giving out. But consideration of the needs of the student is not a compromise or a lower level of education. It makes the learning process come alive. It reminds me of the efforts of pastors to speak to the felt-needs of the people they serve. It doesn't mean that they are watering down the Gospel.


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