What Learning Activities Help Student Veterans Succeed?
Learn practical techniques you can implement immediately to help student veterans succeed. Techniques include understanding the differences between military and academic decision making as well as how to teach student veterans how to reflect and write for an academic environment.
Understanding the differences between military and academic decision making.
Veterans know transitioning back to civilian life means more than packing away a uniform.
For many, the process involves switching barracks and battlefields for a different training ground – a college or university campus.
In this 20 Minute Mentor you’ll learn practical techniques you can implement immediately to support those who have served our country.
Drawing on principles of adult learning, research, and his own experience creating a program to help the university community better serve student veterans with disabilities, presenter Bruce Kelley, Ph.D., will help you prepare student veterans for.
You will learn about special challenges student veterans face, including:
- Shifting from a rapid response, action-oriented decision-making style
- Switching from military communication to an academic approach
- Adapting to a less hierarchical environment
- Additional physical, behavioral, and emotional issues
In this fast and focused session, you’ll also review the unique strengths student veterans bring to the classroom:
- Experience with leadership and diversity
- Mission-focused, goal-directed attitude
- Comfort with assessment
- Teamwork skills
With an emphasis on writing, service-learning, and team-based learning, Kelly shares tips such as:
- Using course structure to help student veterans practice academic-style reflection
- Supporting student veterans by breaking writing assignments into smaller “mission objectives”
- Employing rubrics, blogs, wikis, learning team assignments, and other educational techniques to draw in student veterans
After completing this specific student populations program, you’ll be able to:
- Implement learning activities to help student veterans succeed
- Understand and explain the differences between military and academic decision making and communication
- Help student veterans learn how to reflect and write for an academic rather than a military environment.
This program is also available as part of the Student Veteran 4-pack.
Support veterans across campus
With a Campus Access License you can load course content onto your internal campus website and help your colleagues reach out to student veterans as well.
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Bruce Kelley, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of South Dakota and Professor of Music in the College of Fine Arts.
His research has been centered on pedagogy in higher education, as well as on music of the American Civil War. He is the author of two books and numerous publications.
He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Nebraska Wesleyan University, and received a certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program.
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