For Mae Jemison, the inspiration was largely fictional.
On Tuesday, June 26th, 2018, we hosted our live webinar, “Mentor Collective Dialogues: Adult/Online Learners Share What They Really Need But Aren't Asking For.”
On June 26th, 2018 at 2pm, Mentor Collective will be hosting its second webinar, “Mentor Collective Dialogues: Adult/online learners share what they really need but aren’t asking for.” This moderated panel discussion, hosted by Murray State University’s Dr. Brian Bourke, will aim to dive deeper into the experience of adult and online learners.
Last week, Shearwater took to the road to visit Indiana University, Bloomington, a trip that is always uniquely special. In addition to being the home of four Mentor Collective programs, it is also the alma mater of its co-founder Jackson Boyar. It was made all the more special by a testimonial from a mentee shared during the “Lunch and Learn” co-hosted by Shearwater's Mentor Collective and the school. Despite having a good experience at IU, Erin Powell was struggling to translate those experiences and her qualifications into meaningful job prospects. “Left and right, I was getting denied from employers… even the ones I thought I could fall back on,” she shared via a prepared statement read by Michelle Bartley-Taylor. “I didn’t look good on paper and I sure wasn’t prepared to enter an interview.” As Powell sees it, “This is when Mentor Collective came in handy.”
At long last, the conversation about adult and online learners–one Shearwater has strived to actively participate in–is starting to change. The needs of adult and online students are often underestimated, and many narratives circulating about this population assume these students come solely for the credits. Contrary to those assumptions, research shows socio-emotional support is crucial to their success as well, and institutions who recognize and address this will rise in prominence and student appreciation.