27 STRATEGIES FOR GUIDING AND FACILITATING THE LEARNING PROCESS

| April 5, 2018

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Long gone are the days when students sat in neatly arranged rows and listened attentively while the teacher gave then an hour-long lecture about proper nouns. The classroom has made a 360-degree turnaround since then. Instead of being passive vessels into which knowledge is poured, today’s student is an active participant in the learning process. In today’s model, teachers create meaningful, interactive learning experiences, and serve as facilitators or guides. Students, in turn, use these experiences to learn new skills and construct their knowledge.

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Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Community College is a 2-year vocational, professional, and liberal arts college in central Iowa. DMACC has six campuses in its district. The college offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs, and it constantly seeks new program and course offerings. Among other initiatives, DMACC is developing a leadership program under the auspices of Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society. DMACC has seen enrollment growth for several years because the quality of its offerings is available at the lowest tuition and fees in Iowa.

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