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Why Most Students Prefer Holistic Learning: Perspectives from Today's Learners

Updated: May 13, 2022

What is Holistic Learning?

An unfortunate fault in some modern pedagogy is the disregard for the wants and needs of today’s learners. A proper learning environment should center around both learner and instructor, with both parties working in tandem to create a harmonious experience. One solution is a holistic learning approach, or a comprehensive approach to teaching where educators seek to address the emotional, social, ethical, and academic needs of students in an integrated learning format.” This approach prioritizes interconnectedness– whether that is learner to learner, learner to instructor, learner to environment, etc.

The Student Voice

We'll be highlighting the experiences of 4 students as they reflected on their experiences as modern learners. This is transcribed from a chat that you can watch here.

The Panelists

These learners came from a variety of educational experiences– a University of Vermont student living on campus; a University of Arizona student who relies on virtual learning as she lives in Wyoming; and two working professionals at Dignity Health Global Education who acted as learners (and as instructors) in certificate program courses. This was moderated by Yellowdig’s Marketing Team Intern who is also a current undergraduate at the University of Delaware. Topics covered include the effect of a course community on their energy level, effort, enthusiasm, and overall experience in such a course.