Academic Divers, Survivors and Thrivers: Metacognitive Learner Profiles

Click image to enlarge. In the current environment of hyper-segmentation, it can seem impossible for instructors and learning center professionals to know what college students need to succeed. We seem infatuated with sub-dividing students into increasingly smaller and smaller cohorts. This myopic perspective, blinds us from seeing the commonalities among students, and prevents us from finding solutions that stretch across …

The Power of Micro-Experiences: Transforming Students While Invigorating Faculty

Great teaching should be rewarding for students and energizing for educators. This refreshing post shares one experience that produced both of these outcomes. On December 2, 2016, I shared some of the amazing educational experiences that were occurring at the University of the Cumberlands (UC), the largest private college in Kentucky. I was a co-facilitator with Drs. Tom Fish and Bob Dunston, UC faculty members …

Why Good Students Do “Bad” in College: Why We Should Care and What We Should Do

Updated: August 2017 By the time students enter college, they’ve invested more than 20,000 hours in academic learning. They should be expert learners. But rather than enjoying school, students endure it. Many eventually stop-out, drop-out or fail-out. Educators and institutions that cut through popular beliefs that students are apathetic, woefully unprepared or generationally deficient to understand the real reasons behind …