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Welcome to Academic Instruction
Teaching at community colleges is a specialized job with a unique set of challenges. The open admissions policy creates a distinctly varied student body. Students differ greatly in terms of age, cultural background, socio-economic level, and academic preparedness (Cohen, Brawer, & Kisker, 2013). There are three major reasons that matriculants register. In the same class, you may have those planning to transfer to a four-year college, pursuing vocational degrees, and participating in lifelong learning endeavors. Faculty must design curricula to meet the needs of these dynamic classes. Successful instruction begins with properly trained faculty that teach in an engaging and technologically savvy style: Academic instruction should fuse large amounts of course material into a teaching format that serves a diverse student population.

The proper preparation of instructors is paramount for student success. Faculty design the curriculum, instruct the course content, decide on the level, choose sources for instruction, create examinations, and assess student outcomes (Cohen, Brawer, & Kisker, 2013). Academic instruction is the primary building block for all schools, colleges, and universities (Cohen, Brawer, & Kisker, 2013). When instruction is well executed, it leads to improved student outcomes. This wiki summarizes the major components of academic instruction and includes other information of interest--specifically for new hires. Vital is hiring the right faculty, designing the proper curricula, continuing faculty development, and assessing all the programs for effectiveness.






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Video: Dr. Paulus
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References
American Association of University Professors. (2010, September 30). Community College Teachers: Vital to Success [You-Tube Video]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XstIrLO7dd4&feature=youtu.be
Cohen, A. M., Brawer, F.B., & Kisker, C.B. (2013). The American community college (6th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Learning Matterss Productions. (2007, January 30). Declining by Degrees [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.learningmatters.tv/podcasts/media/267.mp3
Minnesota State University Productions. (2008, April 17). Eugenia Paulus - 2008 Award for Excellence in Teaching [You-Tube Video]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmpmtlQnEcM