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Instructor Accessibility

Overview

Adult learners benefit from knowing there is an instructor available to provide support as needed, especially during asynchronous learning. It is important for instructors to be visible to, engaged with, and caring for adult learners throughout the learning journey to foster Safety, mitigate Adverse Experiences, and promote Social and Relationship Skills. Strong instructor presence is an important component of the learning experience that needs to be planned for and managed through critical reflection to ensure alignment between learning and teaching activities.

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Critical elements of instructor accessibility relate to how learning experiences are structured and delivered, especially in asynchronous learning. Offering office hours, live discussion groups, and text messaging or emails with the instructor can build Social Supports and increase Motivation. Learning is supported when instructors or products encourage adults to apply their life experiences to existing knowledge in their fields of study to produce new and meaningful contrib