Teaching non-traditional students can require a different approach than teaching traditional students. Some strategies that may be effective when teaching non-traditional students include:
Using the flipped classroom model allows students to apply what they have learned, ask questions, and receive immediate feedback from their instructor and peers.
- Be aware of and sensitive to the diverse backgrounds and experiences of your students.
- Use a variety of teaching methods, such as online resources, group work, and hands-on activities, in order to appeal to different learning styles.
- Encourage active learning and critical thinking by providing opportunities for students to engage in discussions, debates, and problem-solving activities.
- Use real-world examples and case studies to help students see the relevance of the material.
- Provide flexible scheduling and make use of online resources and technology to accommodate students’ busy schedules and different learning styles.
- Emphasize the practical application of the material and help students see the connection between the course content and their personal and professional goals.
- Create a supportive and inclusive classroom environment where all students feel comfortable participating and sharing their perspectives.
Be available and willing to provide extra support, such as additional office hours or one-on-one meetings, to non-traditional students who may need it.