Knowing Your Students

Of all types of institutions of higher education, community colleges have the most diverse student population. This means that it is important for instructors to understand who students are and what life experiences they bring to the classroom. Background information on student learning styles, adult learning theory and diversity will help you communicate with students more effectively as you build their trust.


NC Community College System

Learning Styles

“Learning and Teaching Styles in Engineering Education”
Richard M. Felder, North Carolina State University, Engineering Education, 1988 [updated 2002]

Index of Learning Styles
Richard M. Felder and Barbara A. Soloman, North Carolina State University
The Index of Learning Styles is a free online instrument used to assess preferences on four dimensions (active/reflective, sensing/intuitive, visual/verbal, and sequential/global) within a learning style model developed by Felder and Silverman.

Adult Learners

How Adults Learn
Marcia L. Conner, AgelessLearner.com

Facilitating Adult Learning: How to Teach so People Learn
Lela Vandenberg, Michigan State University

Student Diversity

Diversity Equity & Inclusive Excellence
American Association of Colleges & Universities
Includes a host of resources including campus models and case studies, tools, and publications on diversity topics.