• Earon Davis

    My Very Large Classroom: A Kaplan University Professor Reflects Upon His Students

    When I log in to my online classroom and see the names of my students, I am in awe of their diversity and drive. They join class online from all across America and beyond—from every state and territory, from small towns to large cities. I’ve even had several students who live on islands.

    While many students are at home when they log in to class, others attend from a variety of environments, such as  work, a friend’s place, a library, a parent’s home, or a motel. One student, a long haul trucker, would pull over at rest areas for online seminars while on the road.  

    Other students find themselves relocating—changing locations across town, the country, and even the world. Some request more time for an assignment due to deployment abroad and others balance raising children while a spouse is deployed.

    I’ve also had the opportunity to engage with a diverse demographic, working with students from 20 to 70 years old. Some have grandchildren, others have great grandchildren, and there are those students who are expecting their first child. In addition, I’ve interacted with students from a variety of countries: Germany, Korea, Japan, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Mexico, and Afghanistan. At least one overseas student regularly woke up in the middle of the night for my seminars. 

    Further, my health and wellness students encompass a range of professions, including competitive bodybuilders, martial arts instructors, police officers, paramedics, teachers, health care aides, massage therapists, bookkeepers, yoga instructors, and career changers.  

    Wherever they are, however they live, whatever their demographic, I feel my students are ambitious, curious, and proficient. At times, they are often the first generation in their family to attend college. They rise to the challenges of improving their lives and developing themselves through higher education.

    Somehow they all fit into our very large classroom and we are all better for it.  

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  • Article written by Earon S. Davis, JD, MPH, faculty member at Kaplan University. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan University. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan University. 

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