NBC Learn Higher Ed Subscriber Spotlight: Catering to the Adult Learner
When it comes to teaching, you might consider Deborah Robinson to be a relative newcomer, having joined the Nursing department at Miami Dade College just five years ago. But being an effective professor isn’t just about longevity. It is about the depth of knowledge, experience, and passion you have for the subject you are teaching. After a long career spanning hospital care, healthcare businesses and home healthcare, Robinson began to feel a deep responsibility to help educate the next generation of nurses. “It came to a point in my career where nursing has been very good to me. I need to share the knowledge that it shared with me.”
One of the tools that Robinson uses to impart her knowledge in an engaging way is NBC Learn. Robinson’s students are primarily Registered Nurses who are 5-10 years into their careers and are coming back to earn their bachelor’s degree. Because they are older students, Robinson says, “They learn a little bit differently than they did in high school and in some instances college, so [the content] has to be introduced slowly, carefully and interactively. It has got to grab their attention.”
Robinson says she was ‘grappling’ with how to do this for her Culture in Nursing Practice course until an NBC Learn curriculum specialist offered to align the content to her syllabus. “I gave NBC Learn my syllabus and they morphed it! The videos are really at a level where [my students] can grasp what’s going on with actual demonstrations.”
Robinson’s nursing students also need to be up to date on world events and have sensitivity for and knowledge of social and cultural differences in their patients so that they can be more effective caregivers. NBC Learn updates its website with 20-30 current events stories each week, giving Robinson a wide array of resources that she can embed into her Blackboard courses. For example, when discussing transcultural nursing models, she shares timely videos about the effectiveness of integrative medicine as well as the power of prayer in medicine. Both are important discussion topics for her students to explore, as they will encounter patients and their families using these practices.
“And that’s why NBC Learn is so unique. These are real situations. It is not anything that is rehearsed or made up. It’s news and they need to be able to know these kinds of things.”