Over 10,000 public health professionals are attending the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo in San Francisco this week. On the expo floor, Jones & Bartlett Learning displayed over 100 titles for the study and practice of public health. Laurie Davis, Technology Product Manager for JBL Health, gave demonstrations of our newest online courseware, Navigate Public Health 101 and Navigate Epidemiology 101. Navigate Global Health 101 will be released in the spring.
After nearly two decades in higher education as a faculty member and based on my experiences and research, here is what I believe to be the ingredients for good learning experiences and great teaching.
First and foremost, teaching/learning is not a solo sport; it is a team effort--a contact sport.
The professor must bring:
- Knowledge of content
- Genuine concern and respect for students
- The three A’s: Availability, Accessibility, and Affability
- Attention to details and organizational skills
- Active learning assignments that connect to learning goals
- Equitable grading and transparency in same
- Level playing field among classmates
- Desire to coach/mentor students
- Willingness to go above the call of duty
The students must bring:
- A desire to learn
- Respect for professor and classmates
- A willingness to prepare for class, put in the required time and pull their weight
- Willingness to keep an open mind and search for alternative solutions to a problem
- Critical thinking skills
- Desire to contribute to peer knowledge
- Motivation to go “above the call of duty”
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