Gen Y: The changing face of adult education

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Presentation at Learning Technologies 2007, Mooloolaba, Queensland. …

Presentation at Learning Technologies 2007, Mooloolaba, Queensland.
14 - 15 November, 2007

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  • This is a contentious issue - and seems dependent upon which literature you refer to..
    As with the extension to the Baby Boomers up to 1964 now!
    The Net Gen seems to be a subset of the generally accepted Gen Y - although even that seems to be contended across the various resources.
    And also treated differently in Europe to the US..
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  • Fabulous overview of very important issues for educators. Gen Y to 1991-2, I think?<br /><br/>
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  • 1. Gen Y: The changing face of the adult learner Anne Bartlett-Bragg (BabyBoomer ) Z Net X Y C Baby Boomer
  • 2.
    • Add up your points to figure out what generation you’re really a part of:
    • Do you have your own web page? (1 point)
    • Have you made a web page for someone else? (2 points)
    • Do you IM your friends? (1 point)
    • Do you text your friends? (2 points)
    • Do you watch videos on YouTube? (1 point)
    • Do you remix video files from the Internet? (2 points)
    • Have you paid for and downloaded music from the Internet? (1 point)
    • Do you know where to download free (illegal) music from the Internet? (2 points)
    Which generation are you??
  • 3.
    • Do you blog for professional reasons? (1 point)
    • Do you blog as a way to keep an online diary? (2 points)
    • Have you visited MySpace at least five times? (1 point)
    • Do you communicate with friends on Facebook? (2 points)
    • Do you use email to communicate with your parents? (1 point)
    • Did you text to communicate with your parents? (2 points)
    • Do you take photos with your phone? (1 point)
    • Do you share your photos from your phone with your friends? (2 points)
    Which generation are you?? Add up your points to figure out what generation you’re really a part of:
  • 4. 0 - 1 point: Baby Boomer 2 - 6 points: Generation Jones 6 -12 points: Generation X 12 or over: Generation Y Which generation are you?? From Penelope Trunk, Brazen Careerist, June 2007
  • 5. Gen Y: who are they?
  • 6.
    • Baby Boomers: 1940s - 1960 / 1964
    • (The Jones/ Shadow Boomers): 1954 - 1964
    • Gen X: 1965 - 1980 / 1982
    • Gen Y: 1982 - 2000
    • Net Gen: 1994 - 2000
    • Gen Z: 2001 - ?
    Gen Y: who are they?
  • 7. Gen-eralisations… Oblinger & Oblinger, 2005 Anything slow Negativity Red tape Hype Laziness Turning 50 Dislikes: Public activism Latest technology Parents Freedom Multi-tasking Work-life balance Responsibility Work ethics Can-do attitude Likes: Hopeful Determined Independent Skeptical Optimistic Workaholic Attributes: Gen Y Gen X Baby Boomers
  • 8. Gen Y: How do they behave? Digitally fluent Communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime Work hard but guard personal time High self-esteem Success oriented Want immediate results Like mentoring Hate criticism Like collaboration Technology is a means to an end
  • 9. Gen Y: How do they learn? In groups Require structure & guidelines - not ambiguity Short attention spans Crave interactivity Success oriented Want immediate results Connected Need feedback Collaboration IM Visual Experiential Social Pragmatic
  • 10. What are the implications for education? Content Learning Spaces Technology Issues
  • 11. Content Interactive Experiential Group Work Visual cues Immediate feedback Structure Co- producers
  • 12. Pragmatic Relevance Clear objectives Short tasks + feedback Structure vs Ambiguity Parameters Procedures Priorities
  • 13. Learning Spaces
  • 14. Social spaces Prolific Communicators Think Inclusiveness Learning Spaces
  • 15. What about the technology…? Technology enables me to do things
    • Technology:
    • Is NOT their focus
    • needs to be interactive
    • LMS are NOT interactive
    • IM
    • sms
    • simultaneous conversations
    • social software
    • social networking
    I crave interactivity Just im me Me? sms is best More than 80% of students relate the benefits of technology to convenience. Oblinger & Oblinger, 2005
  • 16. What about the issues…?
    • Digital Literacy:
    • critical evaluation
    • surface understanding of technology
    • Immediacy:
    • more emphasis on speed than accuracy
    • development of learning over time
    • Copy & Paste
  • 17. A final word from the students themselves…