North Dakota State University Shadows Students to Better Teach Them

A professor at North Dakota State University wanted to better understand and empathize with the student experience. So she became one.

Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Carrie Anne Platt spent three days shadowing undergraduate students, and was reminded of the “overwhelmed” nature of being a student. And because of that, she restructured her own classes to have a moment of slow-down and reset at the beginning of class, to get everyone’s busy mind settled down and focused on the collective task at hand.

The takeaway? How can we create similar scenarios for our faculty to better understand the student experience, and ideally be able to more effectively teach through this increased understanding?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.