Don’t ask much of me, and I won’t expect much of you. Frees professors to do research and students to party or work to make money.
Their desire to fly made up for weaknesses in the cognitive domain.
Aristotle distinguished the conative from the cognitive (thinking) and affective (emotional) traits
Lectures have been with us for a long time. There is a reason for this. They work.
Lectures are enhanced by technology today, but is this enough? I don’t think so.
Wayne State University - Today's Student: Deciphering What's Real
Today’s Students:Deciphering What’s Real Michael K. Barbour Instructional Technology
Generational differences:the theory that people bornwithin an approximately 20year time period share acommon set of characteristicsbased upon the historicalexperiences, economic andsocial conditions,technological advances andother societal changes theyhave in common
Generational Boundaries• GI Generation “Greatest Generation” – Born between 1901 and 1924• Silent Generation – Born between 1925 and 1945• Baby Boomers – Born between 1946 and 1964• Generation X – Born between 1965 and 1980• Net Gen – Millennials – Gen Y – Born between 1981 and 2000
What influences generational differences?• Current Events• Popular Culture• Tech Innovations• Media Hype• Health Issues• Fashion• Economy• Diversity• Military Status• Parenting
Historical InfluencesBoomers: Gen X: Net Gen:• Civil Rights • Fall of Berlin Wall • School shootings• Sexual Revolution • Watergate • Oklahoma City• Cold War • AIDS • Internet• Space travel • Desert Storm • 9/11• Assassinations • Energy Crisis • Iraq
This Generation’s Numbers• 60 million - largest group since the Baby Boomers (72 million)• 3 times larger than Generation X• Teen population is growing at twice the rate of the rest of America• Made up 37% of U.S. population in 2005
Net Gen Characteristics: Which fit you?Gamers Digital Natives Socially Disdain Previous Conscious GenerationsHigh Expectations Spoiled Rotten Respect Value Diversity IntelligenceExpect Incomes Experiential Optimistic and Family OrientedExceeding Parents Learners PositiveCollaborative Nomadic Inclusive Have More FriendsHealthy Lifestyle Clueless Direct More LiberalAchievement Media Patriotic More ConservativeOriented ConsumerValue Balanced Multi-tasker Confident EntitledLives
“Todays young peoplehave been raised to aimfor the stars at a timewhen it is more difficultthan ever to get intocollege, find a good job,and afford a house.Their expectations arevery high just as theworld is becoming morecompetitive, so theres ahuge clash betweentheir expectations andreality.”
• In 2002, 74% of high school students admitted to cheating whereas in 1969 only 34% admitted such a failing. (p. 27)• In 1967, 86% of incoming college students said that “developing a meaningful philosophy of life” was an essential life goal whereas in 2004 only 42% of GenMe freshmen agreed. (p. 48)• In 2004, 48% of American college freshmen reported earning an A average in high school whereas in 1968 only 18% of freshmen reported being an A student in high school. (p. 63)• In the 1950s, only 12% of young teens agreed with the statement “I am an important person” whereas by the late 1980s, 80% claimed they were important. (p. 69) Jean M. Twenge
Where Do We Go From Here?1. It isn’t all about you2. The world needs ditch diggers too3. Help the DIWKs
“When asked about problems facing their generation, many millennials respond that the biggest one is the poor example that adults set for kids.” p. 36Oblinger, D. (2003). Understanding the new student.EDUCAUSE Review, 38(3), 36-42.
“The number onething to realize withthe Millennials isthat as a whole theyreflect much moreparentalperfectionism thanany generation inliving memory.Colleges anduniversities shouldknow that they arenot just getting akid, but they arealso getting aparent.”
If it hasn’tbeenassessed,it hasn’tbeenlearned.
Colleges anduniversities areabout to be besetby a newgeneration oflearners whoseskills andexpectations derivefrom growing up onthe net.
The Net Gen and Technology• The Net Gen’s technical knowledge is broad, but shallow• Skills differ by academic program; deepest in engineering and business• Technical fluency does not equal maturityhttp://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ers0506/rs/ers0506w.pdf
Corporationsassume thattechnology iseverything tothe Net Genand beyond.
Two Key Points• Introducing technology alone is never enough.• Big gains in productivity come when new technologies are combined with new ways of doing business.
In my experience, this is especiallytrue in education!
“Lecturing stillabsorbs more thanhalf to two thirds ofvariousdepartments’teaching practices…These traditionalforms of teachingseem to have beenrelatively untouchedby the enormousinvestment intechnologies.”