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What Adjuncts Need to Know About Adult Learning Theories

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Adjunct instructors are often hired because of their subject matter expertise and related work experience. There are also educational requirements, which may or may not have included coursework related to adult learning theories. For example, are you familiar with the foundational adult education theories of andragogy, self-directed learning, and […]

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Helping Adjuncts Avoid Stress

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA The life of an adjunct isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be very demanding when you have facilitation duties to complete and deadlines are looming. An instructor is expected create a classroom environment that promotes learning, while addressing students’ developmental needs. From the students’ perspective, it is expected […]

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How Do You Engage Students with Your Feedback?

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA As an adjunct you are often spending a significant amount of time developing feedback for your students, especially for their written assignments. The developmental progress of your students is strengthened when you provide meaningful feedback and they respond to it, either through their actions and improved performance or their […]

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Student Retention Begins With You

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA When you hear the phrase student retention, what comes to mind? Is it a set of numbers that the school hopes to achieve? Is it something to be addressed from a school-wide perspective, which is beyond your control? Or do you consider the impact that you have upon student […]

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Connecting Course Materials to Students’ Needs

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Materials Provided for Your Class When an adjunct instructor is assigned a course they are often provided with course materials that may include a textbook, syllabus, articles, websites, or other resources. Do you review these materials prior to the start of class? How do you decide that you have […]

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What Should Grades Really Measure?

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA As an instructor you know that grades are the end result or final outcome for your students. What is your reaction when you see their final grades? Does your perception of your students, your facilitation methods, or the assessments change based upon the letter grades they receive? If a […]

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How To Manage Classroom Conflict

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Have you experienced conflict in your classroom? Are you aware of conditions that can disrupt a productive learning environment? Adjuncts often find that discussions can be a source of conflict because students may share diverse views, personal beliefs, or opinions, and that creates a potential for miscommunication, heated debate, […]

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Ready, Set, Start Facilitating Your Online Class

By Bruce A. Johnson, PhD, MBA The start date for your next online class is approaching. How do you prepare for your facilitation duties? Do you review the list of expectations for your role as an adjunct? Have you developed a checklist for your instructional requirements? Many online classes follow a non-traditional, accelerated class schedule […]

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An Online Adjunct Instructor Needs a Strong Virtual Presence

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA As an adjunct online instructor have you considered your students’ perspective of your classroom presence? What does it mean to you to be actively present in your class? For any classroom environment an instructor’s presence is necessary for the development of social interactions and working relationships with students. Within […]

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Helping Students Think Critically (Part Two)

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA In the first entry for this series, the following question was considered: why should an instructor care what their students are thinking? The answer to this question was explored from the perspective of cognitive development and the use of critical thinking to enhance the process of learning, which involves an […]

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