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Communication Strategies for Diverse Learners

Presenters: Annie M. Wallace, M.Ed., M.A., Certified Sp. Ed. Teacher, Professional Art Therapist, Butterfly 4 Art | Jasmina Fahrendorff, ESL Instructor | Anthony Krajewski, Service Learning and Civic Engagement Coordinator | Alfred Siha, Assistant Professor of English | Steven Schmidt, Immediate Past President, American Association for Adult Learning & Continuing Education | Perdeta Bush, Doctoral Student | Mary Lou Avera, Management Professor

This course is worth 5 hours (0.5 CEUs) of professional development. A certificate of completion can be printed once the program has been completed.


About this Course

Enrollment of international students and adult learners continue to soar in higher education. The National Center for Education Statistics stated, “In recent years, the percentage increase in the number of students age 25 and over has been larger than the percentage increase in the number of younger students, and this pattern is expected to continue.”  The “traditional” landscape of education continues to evolve into a beautifully diverse population of learners.


STARLINK introduces “Communication Strategies for Diverse Learners”. This course explores teaching tips and strategies for ESL, adult learners, visually impaired students, millennial and gen Z students.


Module One:

Today’s college classroom features many niche populations.  In this module, STARLINK discusses teaching strategies to better engage visually impaired students.

  • Visually Impaired Students Pt 1
  • Visually Impaired Students Pt 2


Module Two:

In this module, STARLINK uncovers helpful tips and strategies for teaching ESL students, millennial students, and gen Z:

  • ESL Pt 1
  • ESL Pt 2
  • Millennial Students
  • Gen Z


Module Three:

Adults returning to college can offer a wealth of life experience and various challenges.  This module explores strategies to better connect with adults returning to college:

  • Adults Returning to College Pt 1
  • Adults Returning to College Pt 2
  • Adults Returning to College Pt 3