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Non-Traditional Students at UHM: Teaching Mature Adult Learners

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Online Event

In this session, panelists will discuss what makes mature adult learners unique, challenge stereotypes of aging, and provide the audience with best teaching practices and resources for mature adult learners at UHM.

Higher education is preparing to see an increasing number of mature adult learners who return to college on either a credit or non-credit basis. UHM enrollment statistics show the number of students aged 50+ who take credit courses has increased significantly. While research emphasizes the importance of lifelong learning for cognitive and physical well-being, research also suggests that mature adults can learn differently than younger ones.

This panel will discuss:

  • Definition of non-traditional learners with a focus on mature adults
  • Relevance and benefits of learning in later life
  • Overview of programs and offerings
  • Cognitive abilities and aging
  • Changing perspectives of older adult learners
  • General challenges, such as digital access
  • Teaching recommendations
  • Experiences in teaching non-traditional, Nā Kūpuna, and Osher Lifelong Institute students

Presented by

Sandra von Doetinchem, Outreach College

Racquel Raneses, Nā Kūpuna Program

Carole Mandryk, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Philip von Doetinchem, Associate Professor, Department of Physics

This event is co-sponsored by Outreach College and the OFDAS Center for Teaching Excellence.

Questions? Contact Us.