I recently read an interesting book that reminded me of the simple eloquence of the Trident learning approach. "The End of Average" by Todd Rose, argues that the societal norm of using averages to benchmark human traits can be flawed and limits individuals and organizations from their potential.
In an age where massive amounts of data are at our fingertips, it is easy to determine an average. However, it is a lot harder to find someone that looks like the characteristics that the average defines. For instance, brain scans of how individuals process different types of information historically were averaged to determine what part of the brain processes those types of information. When researchers try to match individual scans to the average, it is rare to find someone that looks exactly like the average. Individuals are highly unique and process and learn differently.
Each of us learns differently. Some faster than others, some more visual than others, all in our own unique way. The Trident learning approach allows students to learn in a way that is most effective for each. Case or project based assignments allow students to choose multiple paths to accomplish the learning objectives. The learning emphasis is on doing assignments that develop critical thinking skills and create a stronger association with material covered as part of the assignment. The Trident learning approach provides due dates to keep students on track but also allows more flexibility on when and how they complete their assignments so students can learn at a pace that is most effective for them.
So why does this all matter? A recent study by Georgetown Public Policy Institute on Job Growth and Educational Requirements through 2020 found, " Of all occupations, 96 percent require critical thinking and active listening to be either very important or extremely important to success."
Future individual success is highly dependent on your ability to critically think and communicate clearly. Trident is committed to helping our students develop these skills to achieve their goals. We call the outcome of the Trident learning approach, being Trident Strong!
The Value of Conversation
Communication is a part of our daily lives and a vital factor in sustaining the growth of our relationships. We live in a society where fingertips rapidly compose emails, texts, and social media posts to communicate with anyone in any time zone, whenever we desire. Keeping conversations alive and thriving has become an art that many have attempted to master but not all have succeeded. It is a skill that has to be continuously practiced in order to reap its benefits. We communicate for purposes of affirming our relationships, exchanging information, educating ourselves and others on available resources, and supporting those we care for. In order to fulfill these purposes, it’s vital to acknowledge that communicating is a collaborative effort. As Truman Capote once said, “A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue.”
Conversations take a person beyond the scope of words on a screen and into the world of the individual. Words, blended with personal experiences and emotions, allow a person to experience the world through a different lens. Meaningful conversations leave a person feeling validated, respected, trusted, and it fosters an environment where problem solving and creative ideas can thrive. This becomes a challenge in the online learning world because of its pure nature: there is no physical interaction. Reinforcing the value and importance of communication through conversations allows educators to bypass the restrictions of the online setting and start to create personal connections.
Students at Trident University International rely heavily on faculty and staff members to have open communication with them. We build and maintain relationships with our students through phone calls, emails, and SMS messages and we pride ourselves in being available to our students and actively engage in continuous dialogue. Being in an online learning environment, both students and staff members must be willing to engaging in conversations in order to build support. As advisors, we want our relationships with our students to be more than just email threads; we want to go beyond the words and discover the author. Understanding the author and his or her experiences allows us to provide them the necessary resources to guide them down the path of success. Communicating through conversations opens the door to foster and grow valuable relationships that best benefit our students.
Did You Know Trident Offers Career Development Courses?
As a student at Trident University, you may not be aware that the Center for Career Planning and Workforce Strategies offers credit based courses to assist in your career development. The Center prides itself on giving you “the C.O.D.E. (connections, opportunities, development, education) for career success. One of the ways we deliver on this is to provide courses designed to help you better understand yourself, the world of work, and how to best tie your interests, skills and experience to a career that will be fulfilling and rewarding.
Courses are offered at the undergraduate (CAR 397) and graduate (CAR 597 A, B, or C) levels and have received great feedback from students who have participated. Courses are two and three credits, so designed to provide you maximum impact at an affordable price! You can find the course descriptions here.
You may be skeptical about needing a career development course, but before making that decision, take a look at what some students had to say at the end of the course.
CAR397 "Holy wah! This course has helped me figure out a plan for my life and career. Before I was unsure of what I exactly wanted to do but now I have a plan mapped out. People have asked me what I wanted to do and honestly, I was going for the simple life. I have been in classes far too long then I wanted to be. It has dragged on with halts and walls along the way. When I tell people my story, they think I am being dramatic. I am not; I just have depth and barriers I have overcome. I have not let anyone stop me from doing what I needed to do. It took me a while to stop being nice about it and start being straightforward about my education since it was the one thing that will keep me afloat after I get out of the military. I have learned a lot about myself in this course including that I can do anything I put my mind to. It is up to me to continue on the path I have set before me in order to get to where I want to be. Having a timeline and strategy set out to help me succeed in life and my career is something that is setting me up for a smooth road. I just need to keep in mind that it will take hard work and perseverance to get to the exact role I would like to settle in and to never give up on the goal." - B. C.
CAR597 "During this course I have learned and been reminded of many things about myself that I really enjoyed. One of the things that I learned about myself, was the type of culture and work I should be involved in. I learned that my personality is better fit for being a smaller company in a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere, and I also learned that Planned Happenstance has played a big part in my life so far. One thing that was confirmed that I always had in the back of my mind, was that I have a very entrepreneurial mindset and that one day I should start my own business. Some other valuable information I gained through this course was understanding the importance of research and planning. Doing research and planning is so important to ones future because instead of letting life dictate the future, one can be in better control by having a plan and researching whatever information is necessary to be in the best position possible." - R. D.
These insights are from actual students providing feedback on the course. If you are unsure what you “want to be when you grow up”, or how to make your ideal career happen, or even just want more insight into the best work environment, these courses can be of help – and they cost way less than a career coach or counselor!
We hope you will check out the courses as an elective to your program. Meanwhile, be sure to sign up for the upcoming career fair on March 29th, 2017. So far the FBI, Comcast, CVS, Career Source, and Conduent have expressed interest in attending. We have invited over 280 employers! You can register for the fair here (and check out other events). Feel free to share the link with anyone looking for a new career opportunity.
Calling all Students and Alumni from San Antonio to Killeen and Everywhere in Between!
Your Student & Alumni Chapters are coming together for a joint effort community based event between March and May. As we seek out the perfect organization and/or event to support, we want to hear your ideas! Whether it is a Run/Walk, Gala, Festival or Tree Planting, send in your ideas with a central location between Killeen and San Antonio in mind.
All suggestions must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3/10/17. The week of March 13th, the winning cause and details will be sent out with information on how you can get involved. This is a great opportunity for our Trident communities in Texas to come together and make a difference.