Magna Online courses

Teaching Specific Student Populations

Meeting your students where they’re most comfortable, and where they learn best, is something every educator can strive to do. Teaching Specific Student Populations will guide you making your teaching the most impactful and successful it can be by adapting your style to suit any student possible.

Purchase Options

Group Enrollment Pricing
1 person$199
2–9 people$139 per person
10-49 people$109 per person
50–99 people$89 per person
Group Enrollment discounts are applied in the cart.

April/May Enrichment Session

April 3, 2023 – May 12, 2023

Successful teaching today requires attention to the diverse needs of our students. They’re diverse is so many respects – culturally, generationally, in their backgrounds, in their abilities, in their identity.

Such diversity brings different learning styles and needs. It’s essential to meet your students where they are most comfortable and where they learn best!

Teaching Specific Student Populations provides eye-opening perspectives and practical solutions to make learning more impactful and environments more respectful and inclusive. This 10-hour course looks at the unique challenges of educating student groups including:

  • First-year students: What can be done in the design, facilitation, and assessment of a course to foster the skills and mindsets necessary for success in first-year students?
  • First generation students: What challenges exist for first generation students? What support structures can you create to help them succeed?
  • Generation Z: How do you keep learning relevant for a digital generation? What are their weaknesses? Their strengths? Their values? What motivates them to learn?
  • Gender-variant students: How can you stay abreast of changing pronouns and other terminology? How do you navigate issues of gender identity versus sexual identity? What if you make mistakes? What are the Title IX implications for your classroom environment?
  • Neurodiverse students: How can you create an engaging experience for students of all abilities? What are the effective ways to manage social anxiety and cognition? What are the impacts of movement and visual tools on learning? What is the value of predictability?
  • Culturally diverse students: How do cultural differences impact teacher-student relations…classroom participation…interpersonal dynamics…integrity and ethics?
  • Professional-track students: How do you teach professionalism? What are the methods for cultivating good communication skills, etiquette, personal presentation, and other aspects of professional behavior? And how do you measure it?
  • Adult learners: How can you truly advance the careers and lives of adult learners? What is the importance of adult learners to universities What should you know about the complex lives of adult learners?

Teaching Student Specific Populations explores these and many other important questions in detail, over roughly ten hours of instruction, delivered in modular form.

See what’s in this course

Individuals can take the course at their own pace, and access it 24/7 from virtually any device. Learning communities can work through the program together as part of departmental or institution-wide faculty development initiatives.

A variety of supplemental materials support the course content, including full transcripts, recommended readings, handouts, and links to helpful online resources. In addition, learning checks throughout the course keep participants on track, and a final check leads to a certificate of completion.

Learning Goals

At the conclusion of Teaching Specific Student Populations, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the generational and cultural differences present in the classroom
  • Utilize key facilitation techniques that foster higher education skills necessary for collegiate classroom success
  • Develop learning tools relevant to Gen Z students
  • Implement specific classroom strategies to better support first-generation college students
  • Create an environment of respect for gender-variant students
  • Design meaningful learning experiences for neurodiverse students
  • Recognize and adapt to cultural differences among international students
  • Teach and assess professionalism in professional-track students
  • Be equipped with evidence that will enable you to advance the learning needs of adult learners within your universities

How It Works:

  • Select your desired session date.
  • Prior to the start of the course, participants will receive an email with information on accessing the online course.
  • Access to the course runs according to your selected session date.
  • Participants can work through the course at their own pace. Participants can also review information in a previous unit as well as read supplemental materials and watch the accompanying videos as many times as they like within their selected session date.
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will take an assessment to gauge learning.
  • At the end of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

What’s Included:

  • Video programs
  • A final assessment
  • Transcripts of all video programs
  • Program slides
  • Supplemental readings and activities
  • Certificate of Completion for the course

Group Enrollment:

Discount pricing is available for multiple seats purchased at the same time.
For 10 or more seats, please contact Magna Sales at or call 800-433-0499 ext. 183 to receive a customized quote.

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April/May Enrichment Session Product Code: PO23FA


Meet Your Presenters

Kristin Ziska Strange
Associate Director of Online Program Development & Instructional Design, Tufts University

Tara M. Hart, EdD
Associate Director of Admissions, Angelo State University

Julie Smith
Instructor, Webster University

Dorian Rhea Debussy, PhD
Associate Director, Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Kenyon College

Sherry Zane, PhD
Director Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, University of Connecticut

Courtney Plotts, PhD
National Chair, CASEPS

Kathryn Berg
ES3 State Coordinator SNS Statewide Trainer, CESA1

Kate Sweeney
Lecturer in Discipline of Strategic Communications, Columbia University

Flower Darby
Faculty and Author of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes

Rick Hoylman, CNMT
Professor and Program Director, Oregon Tech

Lorraine Carter
Director, Centre for Continuing Education, McMaster University

Lorna E. Rourke , MA, MLS
Library Director, St. Jerome’s University Library

Purchase Options

Group Enrollment Pricing
1 person$199
2-9 people$139 per person
10-49 people$109 per person
50-99 people$89 per person
Group Enrollment discounts are applied in the cart.