This page seeks to collect local and regional events related to adult and nontraditional teaching. These events are not sponsored by the SPCS Pedagogy CoP unless so indicated in the description. Follow links when provided to learn more about each event.

Post-Traditional Graduate Students: Your Guide for Program Development and Marketing

Free online webinar! Based on the 2018 Post-Traditional Graduate Students Report, this webinar reviews a two year research study designed to understand the characteristics and preferences of today’s post-traditional student. Presented by Carol Aslanian, author of the report, you will learn how to formulate a strategy for increasing overall post-traditional graduate enrollments — a growing cohort in higher education.

  • Thursday, May 3, 2-3 p.m., online
  • Details and online registration
  • CoP note: While designed for marketing staffs and program managers, Carol Aslanian is a respected scholar whose insights into post-traditional students — another name for “nontraditional learners” — is valued in the industry. As a result, anyone teaching adult learners will likely glean meaningful insights from the webinar.

A Pedagogy for Inclusion and Liberation

The UR Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Inclusive Pedagogy in STEM is hosting a professional development opportunity to expand the discussion on Inclusive Pedagogy. We have invited Dr. Bryan Dewsbury from the University of Rhode Island (co-sponsored with the Department of Biology) to provide a workshop on enhancing the learning experience for all students. In this workshop we will discuss ways in which our teaching practice can be structured to enrich and enhance the learning experience for both ourselves and our students. We will discuss a pedagogy that is structured on building and understanding the teacher-student relationship, and leveraging that trust to create a community of learners.

  • Wednesday, May 9, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Online registration
  • CoP note: The FLC on Inclusive Pedagogy in STEM notes that Dr. Dewsbury’s workshop and research focus on students in STEM disciplines, but believes that this workshop will resonate with other disciplines as well. The event is open to UR faculty, staff and students. 

Four Types of Ageism: An Ageist Society Cannot Be An Age Friendly One

Dr. Bill Thomas will lead participants on a journey where they learn about the four types of ageism and explore how to develop communities that are free to rebalance, redesign and rediscover community living that embraces the exquisite arc of life that stretches from birth to adulthood and beyond to elderhood.

  • Wednesday, May 23, 1-3 p.m., Modlin Center for the Arts, Alice Jepson Theatre
  • Details and registration
  • CoP note: Teaching adult learners includes teaching aging learners. Recognizing the signs of agism can help teachers and course leaders avoid micro-aggresive behaviors that are, or may be construed as, agist. Our University is dedicated to an inclusive environment that does not discriminate or harass community members based on age.