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A dynamic approach to building learning communities

Gabriela Fimbres
M.Ed. Adult Education

Gabriela Fimbres has applied her degree in Adult Education on a global level as an outgrowth of her capstone project by developing an international online teacher-training course which has turned into her first business. 

Moving to Savannah from Mexico a year ago, she began pursuing a Master’s degree in Adult Education to further explore her interest in human resources and development.  “The program of Adult Education at Armstrong was very fulfilling.  I enjoyed the demanding courses and hands-on experiences and I feel grateful to be a part of this,” she states.

As her capstone project, which was inspired by her courses on issues in adult education and online learning environments, she designed a pilot course for an online training course for teachers in Mexico and around the world.  This course is sponsored by a Mexican-based organization which has offices internationally and Gabriela intends to take on this project as a full-time job after graduation.

From her experiences and the knowledge that Gabriela acquired at Armstrong, she was able to come up with an online-based solution for this organization by developing a course which catered to a more diverse population of teachers with more affordable access. The course takes on a dynamic approach so that teachers from all sorts of environments and cultures can come together online to learn, apply the lessons to their diverse classrooms and populations, and learn from each other by discussing the similarities and differences in their results. She launched her pilot program to 45 Mexican teachers and is now offering the course to teachers from 15 different countries.

Gabriela explains, “I want to build a learning community in which, although we are all so different and come from different places, we have something to share and can learn from each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”

Eric Bailey

I’m already building connections and finding more opportunities here. I’m absolutely sure this is the right place for me.

Eric Bailey
Class of 2019
Savannah, Georgia