Reaching the Reluctant Learner - CIL 2010

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This presentation takes a look at Boomer reluctant learners and the tips and strategies one can use to bring them into the fold when it comes to social technology.

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  • Reaching the Reluctant Learner - CIL 2010

    1. 1. REACHING RELUCTANT LEARNERS – CONNECTING WITH THE BOOMER LEARNER Sophia Guevara, MLIS
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Understanding the Boomer Generation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who are they? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology awareness profile </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Getting them comfortable with social technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions to expect </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gathering feedback and measuring impact </li></ul>
    3. 3. Snapshot: The Boomers <ul><li>Boomer Background </li></ul><ul><li>Born 1946-1964 (varies) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ages: 45-63 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>78.2 million (July 2005 U.S. Census Bureau est.) </li></ul><ul><li>Defining events: Advent of television and the Vietnam War </li></ul><ul><li>Martin, J. “I Have Shoes Older Than You: Generational Diversity In The Library.” The Southeastern Librarian, (54)3. Pgs 4-11. </li></ul><ul><li>- US Census Bureau. “Facts for Features: Oldest Baby Boomers Turn 60.” Retrieved online on April 5, 2008 at: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/006105.html </li></ul>
    4. 4. Understanding the Boomers <ul><li>Ability to adapt has helped them gain in the workplace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This ability along with a willingness to adapt can be capitalized on to bring the reluctant learner into the fold. </li></ul></ul>Limited Interaction Among Generations in the Workplace Identified as Key Indicator of Coming Skilled Worker Crisis. May 2008. Retrieved online on August 1, 2009 from: http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20080527005042&newsLang=en
    5. 5. Technology Profile for the Boomer <ul><li>Digital Immigrant </li></ul><ul><li>Like to learn new technologies and share with others </li></ul><ul><li>Want technology to be safer and easier to use </li></ul><ul><li>May expect technology to adapt to them </li></ul><ul><li>Use technology to connect in new ways </li></ul><ul><li>See technology as a tool, not a tyrant </li></ul><ul><li>See technology as a force for good </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship with technology is a work in progress </li></ul>1. AARP and Microsoft. Boomers and Technology: An extended conversation. October 2009 http://assets.aarp.org/www.aarp.org_/articles/computers/2009_boomers_and_technology_final_report.pdf 2. Prensky, M. Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. October 2001 http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf
    6. 6. Getting Boomer colleagues comfortable with social technology
    7. 7. How? <ul><li>Advertise classes for those who are interested in learning more about new technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer one-on-one training sessions to those who may need additional help with the topics covered. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop trust with the reluctant learner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Crucial bridge needed to bring them into the fold </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Help the both of you identify which learning strategy will work best </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Classes and one-on-one <ul><li>Create homework for attendees to complete beforehand so they can explore. </li></ul><ul><li>Once in class, ask attendees to buddy up. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer to become a technology mentor and connect regularly to build up skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Be very patient and understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>Classes </li></ul><ul><li>One-on-one training </li></ul>
    9. 9. Questions to expect <ul><li>What’s the purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do so many of these social technology sites have such odd names? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is ________ so popular? Why should it matter to me? </li></ul><ul><li>Is social technology really about tools or toys? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Gathering feedback and measuring impact <ul><li>Provide a survey for learners to comment on their experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to connect with your reluctant learners to observe their evolving relationship with technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Start suggesting the use of social technology as solutions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Come to you independently to better understand new tools they have discovered on their own </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Begin to experiment and become technology ambassadors to others, sharing their new found skills </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>

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