Self-development

Shifting the Perspective Toward an Empowered Mindset – Teachers College Press

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By: Linda Dale Bloomberg

Linda Dale Bloomberg holds the positions of associate director of faculty support and development, and full professor of education in the School of Education, Northcentral University, San Diego. Dr. Bloomberg received her doctorate in 2006 from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she completed the AEGIS Program in Adult and Organizational Learning. Her new book is titled Designing and Delivering Effective Online Instruction: How to Engage Adult Learners…….

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By: Linda Dale Bloomberg

Linda Dale Bloomberg holds the positions of associate director of faculty support and development, and full professor of education in the School of Education, Northcentral University, San Diego. Dr. Bloomberg received her doctorate in 2006 from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she completed the AEGIS Program in Adult and Organizational Learning. Her new book is titled Designing and Delivering Effective Online Instruction: How to Engage Adult Learners.


Engagement is the foundation of the teaching-learning relationship. By developing collaborative working relationships and interacting meaningfully with learners you generate greater engagement. When learners recognize that their instructors have something useful to contribute to their success, they are motivated to learn and succeed. As such, teaching relationships provide the foundation for a successful online learning experience. In my book, Designing and Delivering Effective Online Instruction: How to Engage Adult Learners, I discuss that the challenge becomes how we develop and establish positive and affirming relationships with our learners within a virtual environment, and that equally important to actively engaging with your learners is that you also develop, right from the start, a sense of self-motivation, and an “I can do this attitude”; in essence, an empowered mindset. Author Carol Dweck (2007), wrote about the importance of encouraging a “growth mindset”. I take the notion of a “growth mindset” a step further with an “empowered mindset” as the end goal; that is, engendering growth through empowerment. Being intentional in encouraging an empowered mindset in your learners will ensure that you focus your teaching on how they can improve, and that you can work alongside them to provide the necessary support and motivation that will ensure ongoing learning and development. The idea of an empowered mindset lends insights for instructors to challenge themselves in fostering growth for both themselves and their learners. Engendering an empowered mindset applies to all learners and in particular to those who have been historically marginalized and discriminated against because of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, or other realities. The underlying implication lies in empowering all students to advocate for themselves and claim their right to an education that addresses their unique needs.

Learner Mindset

Mindset encompasses learners’ self-concept and self-efficacy beliefs as well as their persistence at learning tasks. The beliefs that adults have about themselves as learners have a cyclical relationship with achievement; that is, previous academic achievement fosters particular beliefs which in turn predict future achievement. Learners may view failure and having to put in effort on a task as a sign that they lack ability (i.e., “fixed mindset”) rather than viewing failure and effort as natural elements of learning (i.e., “growth mindset”). Learners with an empowered mindset believe that success can be achieved through experience and effort, and that support from others is beneficial. Because learners who are empowered will feel autonomous, they will view tasks as doable within the scope of their knowledge, abilities and resources. They will also value achievement, thereby challenging …….

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