Student engagement for adults is an increasingly important focus of study, for instructors, administrators, and adult learning institutions more broadly. Leach (2016) opined student engagement to be “important to further and higher education institutions: it is understood to be a proxy for quality teaching and governments attach a proportion of funding to student retention and completion” (p. 24). An adult learning academy like GBC, where I teach as a business instructor for foreign students, is seeking diverse ways of ensuring adult students are engaged in the classrooms, from selecting the right instructional tools, confirming expertise of teaching, and also fostering the emotional well-being of both teachers and students
The HR mindset for me is one that encompasses change and promotes growth. From the introduction of HR, the demands and requirements of businesses have changed and will continue to change, subsequently evolving a fast need for new ideas and thinking.
As HR professionals, this means more focus on adding worth to the profession, from the entry-level practitioners to senior executives, as we each in our own unique way, reinvent HR—beginning with a change in thinking.
We need a shift from a fixed mindset to one of growth—to take proactive measures to broaden our skills and perspectives, while creating learning opportunities and institutions that can promote a learning culture. Lastly, HR professionals should embrace every opportunity to bring about transformation in their way of thinking, and provide a more meaningful and continuous contribution to HR.
Gifty Parker is the Founder and Executive Director at PARKER HR. She oversees all Leadership Training Programs, Talent Excellence Programs, and shares the responsibility of HR Manager for dnata Catering Canada Limited.