As I’ve mentioned, I’m currently in the mOOC for Ontario Extend. The first module is “Teacher for Learning”, and I’ve been really inspired by our most recent activity. The activity asks us to think about the question “What’s in it for me?” from a student’s perspective.
Obviously, as an instructor I think that my students should listen to what I’m teaching and there will be all kinds of benefits to them doing so, but it’s important sometimes to take off that lens and look at it from another perspective. Why are students taking my classes?
I teach in Human Studies, and when students complete their studies in my program, they should be competent and respectful support workers. Here are some of the things that are “in it for them” when they participate in classes.
- a credential – on the base level, students want the credential that’s going to get them a job in the field they’ve chosen
- an understanding – students should walk away from my courses feeling as though they know more about human development at different stages of their lives
- practical applications – students want to be able to walk away with knowledge that they can use right away and can easily see how it relates to the work that they are doing or want to be doing
- perspective – students can leave the classroom (virtual or on campus) and feel that they’ve heard about other people’s perspectives and can possibly use some of that perspective in their future employment
- grades – again on a more base level, students who attend classes or participate in lessons will get the benefits of higher grades
I’m sure that this list is not comprehensive, and it’s something I’m going to continue to think about as I go through this learning experience.