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Campus Conversation Talk Will Focus on ‘Student Persistence’

Published February 17, 2020

Sean J. Glassberg of Educator Training & Consulting (ETC) will give a presentation to DC3 faculty and staff titled “Active Teaching to Promote Student Persistence” at the next All-Campus Conversation Day on Thursday, April 9 in the Little Theatre.

“Student persistence is directly related to motivation, in my humble opinion,” Glassberg said. “There is a variety of techniques that faculty and staff can employ to motivate students to succeed and to persist in their goals, whether the goal is to pass a class, earn an A in a class, graduate with an associate degree or earn a diploma or certificate.”

Glassberg said DC3 faculty and staff should come expecting to be engaged during his presentation, which will highlight different strategies instructors can use to help keep students focused on their goals.

“This is not a time for passive learning,” he said. “We will be actively engaged with each other, with a focus on relevant and immediately applicable strategies to help students.”

Student studying in the DC3 SARC

Dr. Jane Holwerda, DC3 vice president of academic affairs, said Glassberg’s presentations at other colleges in this region have been well received, and he is enthusiastic about coming to Dodge City to work with DC3 faculty and staff.

“We teach most effectively when we share our successes and challenges with others in positive ways,” Holwerda said. “And whether we’ve taught for one year or for 20, there’s so much more we can learn from each other about student engagement, best practices, and professional development.”

Glassberg has more than 18 years of academic and professional experience, ranging from teaching English at community colleges and universities to training industry and technical professionals to become educators. He created ETC to improve post-secondary teaching after he saw firsthand the need to support instructors who have had no formal introduction to, or training in, the Best Practices of College Teaching.

Glassberg lives with his wife and four young children in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

By Lance Ziesch