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Millennial & Gen Z in Blended and Online Courses


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How do we engage Millennial and Gen z learners in Higher Ed blended and online courses? Active learning strategies are reviewed with select examples shared from real classes.

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Millennial & Gen Z in Blended and Online Courses

  1. 1. Dr. Brenda Jones, Assistant Dean Faculty & Instruction Virtual Presentation for ESI Nov. 7, 2019 Millennials and Gen Z in Online and Blended Courses
  2. 2. 1. Quality online learning 2. Description of the Learners 3. Theories & Active Learning Strategies 4. Examples of Active Learning 5. Summary 6. Questions Agenda
  3. 3. Effective Online Learning QualityOnlineLearning ConstructiveFeedback RelevanttoLearners ClearStructure QualityLessons ChunkedMaterial Humanized
  4. 4. The Generations Born after 1997 Age in 2019: 22 and younger GenZ Born: 1965 to 1980 Age in 2019: 39-54 Generation X Born: 1981 to 1996 Age in 2019: 23-38 Millennials Born: 1946 to 1964 Age in 2019: 55-73 BabyBoomers
  5. 5. Learners inaDigital Age Gen Z • Entrepreneurial yet pragmatic • Attention span is 8 sec. • Technology is a tool for communication, exchange, education and entertainment. MILLENNIALS • 62% would like to be their own boss • Attention span is 12 sec. • Technology and social networks are pervasive consumer items Forbes, November 17, 2017. Five difference in marketing to millennials vs. gen z.
  6. 6. Millennials arelikeus– with differences All of us: • Are ‘visual learners’ • Are ‘social learners’ • Enjoy variety Millennials & Gen Z • Are more tech savvy • Expect individualized attention • Desire more control or choice
  7. 7. Why has it stayed with you? What did you learn? Think of a learning experience you have had (not lecture) that has stayed with you.
  8. 8. Image credit: Theory 2: Variation on Michael Muir’s ‘Meaningful Engage Learning’
  9. 9. Active Learning Active,experiential learning Trusttotake risks Discussion Problembased learning Communityor clientbased learning Collaborative Learning Guideonthe side/Coaching
  10. 10. How can we integrate active learning in our blended and online courses? Active Learning for Blended and Online
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  12. 12. UseofPoll Questions Poll Results  A  B  C  D  E OK
  13. 13. Define Problem Brainstorm Solutions Select Solution Implement Solution Review Results
  14. 14. Problem Based Learning • How are you applying problem based learning today? Video CV Research Job Posts Storyboard Draft Storyboard/ Video Peer & Instructor FeedbackExample from Communication Design/COMM 205: Week 3: Part 1 Week 3: Part 2 Week 4: Part 1 Week 4: Part 2 Research job posts, identify three strengths Create a Storyboard (Instructor feedback) Draft of Video CV (Peer critique) Final Video CV (Instructor feedback) Meet session Meet session
  15. 15. Problem based Learning Online How are you applying problem based learning today? How can we coach online? How can LMS tools support group collaboration?
  16. 16. Community or Client-based Learning How we connect: • Zoom sessions with clients • Shared folders for documents Online Tip: • Consider large organizations with local affiliates for ‘field work’ Client project vetted Students define problem with client Students research/gath er materials Prototype created Prototypes presented to clients
  17. 17. Collaborating on Solutions • What challenges are you having as an instructor as you apply active learning? • What are the barriers to active learning in our courses?
  18. 18. Summary Active learning provides learners the opportunity to practice skills application and fosters independent learning skills. Technology supports active learning in self-directed teams and individually. Active Learning is associated with higher levels of Millennial and Centennial learner academic achievement and satisfaction. We discussed several active learning instructional approaches.
  19. 19. Questions ?