There’s a gap in wellness education programs on college campuses

ecampusnews | August 07, 2019

Colleges and universities are beginning to address the well-being of eighteen- to twenty-five-year-old young adults in their college educational experiences by hiring well-being professionals. For example, this employment listing from a highly-competitive private liberal arts college in the Northeast is for a director of health and wellness education. “The Director of Health and Wellness Education will develop, implement and evaluate a broad-based health and wellness education program with a focus on alcohol and drug use, sexual assault prevention and response, stress management, and bystander intervention programs” (HigherEdJobs.com). While this is a good start, we have observed that most wellness education programs are likely reactions to mental and physical health crises, with a focus on alcohol and drug use, sexual assault, and stress management. If frontline educators can teach young adults self-knowledge and how to create a paradigm shift in their abilities to experience life and create the life of their calling, we would then teach preventatively during college how to find inner peace and understanding when faced with the stressors of modern life. The emphasis should be placed on teaching self-knowledge as a significant protective factor for use over one’s life-span.

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We are in the midst of a revolution in K–12 education, represented by the shift to digital, highly personalized learning. Students, educators, parents, and policymakers are finding compelling ways to use multiple modalities and technologies to enrich learning and personalize instruction.The use of technology-powered blended learning holds great promise as a cost-effective and egalitarian means to help greater numbers of young people accelerate their learning, graduate, and meet challenges in a competitive world. The key to making personalized learning work for the greatest number of students is adaptive digital environments and experiences, particularly Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ with its ability to precisely adjust to the individual learner. By recalibrating with every interaction to maintain appropriate challenges, learners stay in their optimal learning zone and are enabled to meet their full learning potential. This exciting advance in education has the potential to be the “equalizer” that provides greater access and opportunity for students in our society, regardless of their backgrounds or zip codes.

Spotlight

We are in the midst of a revolution in K–12 education, represented by the shift to digital, highly personalized learning. Students, educators, parents, and policymakers are finding compelling ways to use multiple modalities and technologies to enrich learning and personalize instruction.The use of technology-powered blended learning holds great promise as a cost-effective and egalitarian means to help greater numbers of young people accelerate their learning, graduate, and meet challenges in a competitive world. The key to making personalized learning work for the greatest number of students is adaptive digital environments and experiences, particularly Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ with its ability to precisely adjust to the individual learner. By recalibrating with every interaction to maintain appropriate challenges, learners stay in their optimal learning zone and are enabled to meet their full learning potential. This exciting advance in education has the potential to be the “equalizer” that provides greater access and opportunity for students in our society, regardless of their backgrounds or zip codes.

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