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Net Gen Informs

  1. 1. The Net Generation: Are They Really Different? Britt Watwood INFORMS TEC 2008
  2. 2. Who Are These Students ?
  3. 3. What Does a Net Gen Student Look Like? http://www.flickr.com/photos/geopollock/25509844/ This ?
  4. 4. Or this?
  5. 5. A Caution <ul><li>Is It REALLY “Generational”? </li></ul>Flickr Photo: chasinet: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chastinet/1271971366/
  6. 6. Who are Net Gen Students? <ul><li>What Are OUR Assumptions? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Comfort Zones ? <ul><li>Tasks? </li></ul><ul><li>Research? </li></ul><ul><li>Problem Solving? </li></ul><ul><li>Project Approach? </li></ul>Faculty
  8. 8. A Vision Of Students Today <ul><li>Michael Wesch </li></ul><ul><li>- KSU </li></ul>
  9. 9. Comfort Zones Differ ? Students Faculty <ul><li>Single or Limited Tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Text </li></ul><ul><li>Linear, Logical, Sequential </li></ul><ul><li>Independent & Individual </li></ul><ul><li>Disciplined </li></ul><ul><li>Deliberate </li></ul>
  10. 10. What Do You See?
  11. 11. Comfort Zones ? <ul><li>Tasks? </li></ul><ul><li>Research? </li></ul><ul><li>Problem Solving? </li></ul><ul><li>Project Approach? </li></ul>Students
  12. 12. Comfort Zones Differ <ul><li>Multitasking </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures, Sound, Video </li></ul><ul><li>Random Access </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive & Networked </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging </li></ul><ul><li>Spontaneous </li></ul><ul><li>Single or Limited Tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Text </li></ul><ul><li>Linear, Logical, Sequential </li></ul><ul><li>Independent and Individual </li></ul><ul><li>Disciplined </li></ul><ul><li>Deliberate </li></ul>Students Faculty
  13. 13. Should Teaching & Learning Be Different?
  14. 14. Net Gen Students <ul><li>Born 1982-1991 </li></ul><ul><li>Grew up with computers and other media at home and in school from earliest ages </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Never were tethered to communication in a place </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Gravitate to group activities </li></ul><ul><li>8 out of 10 say “ It ’ s cool to be smart! ” </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on grades and performance </li></ul><ul><li>Identify with parent ’ s values </li></ul><ul><li>Fascination with new technology </li></ul><ul><li>Racially and ethnically diverse </li></ul>
  15. 15. Product of the Environment <ul><li>Baby Boomers </li></ul><ul><li>TV generation </li></ul><ul><li>Typewriters </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul><ul><li>Memos </li></ul><ul><li>Family focus </li></ul><ul><li>Net Gen </li></ul><ul><li>Web </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone </li></ul><ul><li>IM </li></ul><ul><li>MP3s </li></ul><ul><li>Online communities </li></ul><ul><li>Generation X </li></ul><ul><li>Video games </li></ul><ul><li>PC </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>CDs </li></ul><ul><li>Individualist </li></ul>
  16. 16. Characteristics of Net Gen Students <ul><li>Digital </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Always connected, multi-tasking </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Oriented to working in groups </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Experiential learners </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate </li></ul><ul><li>Visual </li></ul><ul><li>Producers as well as consumers </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students are disproportionately likely to be (Internet) content creators </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Learning Styles <ul><li>Student learning styles </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>51% visual </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>42% equally visual and verbal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>8% verbal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration preferred by many students </li></ul><ul><li>Adapting space and teaching method to learning style increased grades 0.5 standard deviations </li></ul><ul><li>Dropouts decreased from 20% to 12% </li></ul><ul><li>Course satisfaction increased </li></ul>Acker & Miller, 2005
  18. 18. Net Gen’s Preference for Learning? <ul><li>“ Deeper Learning” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Active </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contextual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student-owned </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Carmean and Haefner, EDUCAUSE Review 37(6) 2002 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Implications for Teaching and Learning?
  20. 20. Resources and References <ul><li>Diane Oblinger, Educating the Net Generation, EDUCAUSE </li></ul><ul><li>Joan Lippincott, “NetGen Students, Learning, Technology, and Libraries”, presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Carie Widham, “Father Google and Mother IM: Confessions of a Net Gen Learner”, ELI 2007. </li></ul>Our Website: http://www.vcu.edu/cte

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