No Adult Left Behind - Ensuring Meaningful Academic Experiences for Nontraditional Students in Distributed Learning Settings
Michael Scheuermann, Drexel University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Undergraduates working full time have increased in recent decades. Concurrently, American workplaces have experienced tremendous change. Companies eliminated management layers and pressed decision-making and accountability into every job description. Nontraditional students who work full time have to meet these challenges, adapt to dynamic environments, and perform in expanding roles. They expect their roles in distributed learning settings to expand also. This paper focuses on strategies to expand the student role and close the gap between what students expect in academic settings and what they receive. Myriad technologies, courseware features, and strategies for using them can assist educators here. A thought-provoking model will illustrate past and current workplace and classroom paradigms. Educators of nontraditional students need to understand how pedagogical constructs can be optimized to leverage the experiences of nontraditional students and minimize any expectation gap.
Scheuermann, M. (2004). No Adult Left Behind - Ensuring Meaningful Academic Experiences for Nontraditional Students in Distributed Learning Settings. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 689-694). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).