In a recent Inside Higher Ed blog post, titled “Dreaming of the Ideal Student,” writers at the University of Venus responded to the following prompt posed by Denise Horn: How would you describe your ideal student?
The question generated numerous and various responses from professors around the globe. For some, the ideal student is “engaged, enthusiastic, independent, intellectually curious, and shows up for class ready to participate.” For others, the ideal student is “a bit rebellious, passionate, interested in learning (not grades), and gets bored with conformity.” Do these qualities of an ideal student sound familiar? Do these qualities resonate with the views of Georgia Tech faculty? Some of you may be thinking, “Yes, I want my students to exhibit those qualities.”
While conversations about “ideal college students” are interesting and, sometimes insightful, it represents only one side of the equation when it comes to teaching and learning. How about considering the other side of the equation, that is, ask students to describe an “ideal professor.” What responses from students would that question generate?
The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Georgia Tech announces the launch of “The Learner’s Voice,” a blog with student writers expressing their views on teaching and learning. CETL’s mission is “to lead Georgia Tech to a teaching and learning standard of excellence.” To accomplish this mission, diverse perspectives on teaching and learning must be part of the conversation. Often overlooked in this endeavor is the learner’s perspective. Thus, this blog will feature the learner’s voice, a student perspective that we all once shared and has become, perhaps, all too distant.
Within the next two weeks, Bethany Sumner, a computer science major at Georgia Tech, will provide the inaugural post for “The Learner’s Voice.” We encourage you to read and respond to the ideas she introduces in her post.