Gen Y: The changing face of adult education


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

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  • Gen Y: The changing face of adult education

    1. 1. Gen Y: The changing face of the adult learner Anne Bartlett-Bragg (BabyBoomer ) Z Net X Y C Baby Boomer
    2. 2. <ul><li>Add up your points to figure out what generation you’re really a part of: </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have your own web page? (1 point) </li></ul><ul><li>Have you made a web page for someone else? (2 points) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you IM your friends? (1 point) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you text your friends? (2 points) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you watch videos on YouTube? (1 point) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you remix video files from the Internet? (2 points) </li></ul><ul><li>Have you paid for and downloaded music from the Internet? (1 point) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know where to download free (illegal) music from the Internet? (2 points) </li></ul>Which generation are you??
    3. 3. <ul><li>Do you blog for professional reasons? (1 point) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you blog as a way to keep an online diary? (2 points) </li></ul><ul><li>Have you visited MySpace at least five times? (1 point) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you communicate with friends on Facebook? (2 points) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you use email to communicate with your parents? (1 point) </li></ul><ul><li>Did you text to communicate with your parents? (2 points) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you take photos with your phone? (1 point) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you share your photos from your phone with your friends? (2 points) </li></ul>Which generation are you?? Add up your points to figure out what generation you’re really a part of:
    4. 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. 5. Gen Y: who are they?
    6. 6. <ul><li>Baby Boomers: 1940s - 1960 / 1964 </li></ul><ul><li>(The Jones/ Shadow Boomers): 1954 - 1964 </li></ul><ul><li>Gen X: 1965 - 1980 / 1982 </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Y: 1982 - 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Net Gen: 1994 - 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Z: 2001 - ? </li></ul>Gen Y: who are they?
    7. 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. 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. 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. 10. What are the implications for education? Content Learning Spaces Technology Issues
    11. 11. Content Interactive Experiential Group Work Visual cues Immediate feedback Structure Co- producers
    12. 12. Pragmatic Relevance Clear objectives Short tasks + feedback Structure vs Ambiguity Parameters Procedures Priorities
    13. 13. Learning Spaces
    14. 14. Social spaces Prolific Communicators Think Inclusiveness Learning Spaces
    15. 15. What about the technology…? Technology enables me to do things <ul><li>Technology: </li></ul><ul><li>Is NOT their focus </li></ul><ul><li>needs to be interactive </li></ul><ul><li>LMS are NOT interactive </li></ul><ul><li>IM </li></ul><ul><li>sms </li></ul><ul><li>simultaneous conversations </li></ul><ul><li>social software </li></ul><ul><li>social networking </li></ul>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. 16. What about the issues…? <ul><li>Digital Literacy: </li></ul><ul><li>critical evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>surface understanding of technology </li></ul><ul><li>Immediacy: </li></ul><ul><li>more emphasis on speed than accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>development of learning over time </li></ul><ul><li>Copy & Paste </li></ul>
    17. 17. A final word from the students themselves…