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Academic senate for california community colleges

Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

Vocational Education Leadership Institute


Navigating the tides of change occupational education leadership now
Navigating the Tides of Change: Occupational Education Leadership Now

March 7, 2008

The Seascape Resort

Aptos, CA


Why can t we all just get along
Why Can’t We Leadership Now ALL JUST GET ALONG?

Leading Our Millennial Students

in

Vocational Programs


Who we are
Who We Are: Leadership Now

Presenters:

James Forkum

Dean and Athletic Director: Santa Rosa Junior College

Sherry Forkum

Director of Writing & English Professor: William Jessup University

Principal Consultants: Advanced Knowledge Consulting

gendiff.com


Presentation agenda
Presentation Agenda Leadership Now

  • Introduction

  • Review the Generations

  • Millennials

  • Practical Applications

  • Summary

  • Questions and Answers


Outcomes
Outcomes Leadership Now

  • Understanding of the Generational Divide and Importance in the Two-Year College Environment

  • Understanding the New Generation of Students

  • Knowledge of Millennial Characteristics (Technology)


Why is this important
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? Leadership Now

  • 4” in the Junior College Vocational/Academic Setting

  • Know to Them to Understand Them by Knowing Ourselves

  • Recruitment, Team-Building, Change, Motivation, and Maintaining/Increasing Productivity

  • Retention


Generational years
GENERATIONAL YEARS Leadership Now

  • G. I. Generation – 1901-1924 (ages 84-107)

  • Silent Generation – 1925-1942 (ages 66-83)

  • Boomers – 1943-1960 (ages 48-65)

  • Generation X – 1961-1981 (ages 27-47)

  • Millennials – 1982-2002 (ages 6-26)

  • Homeland – 2003 - (Ages 5 and under)


Generational comparisons
GENERATIONAL COMPARISONS Leadership Now


Continued
Continued… Leadership Now


Demography of the future
Demography of the Future Leadership Now

  • Paperless Learning/Work Environment

    Psychologically people are tactile

    Like to hold, handle, open something

  • Telecommuting/Virtual Classrooms

    Social need to work in groups

    Meet physically

    Interact


Cohesiveness
COHESIVENESS Leadership Now

  • Intergenerational Conflict – hinders plans, products, and ideas from moving forward

  • Detrimental Effects – communication, working relationships, undermining


Cohesiveness continued
Cohesiveness Continued… Leadership Now

Team Conflicts –

Boomers – view Gen Xers as too impatient, throw out tried and true

Gen Xers – view Boomers as inflexible to change/ say the right thing to the right person

Silents – view Boomers as self-absorbed, share too much information

Boomers – view Traditionalists as rigid/dictatorial

Gen Xers – view Millennials as too spoiled/self-absorbed

Millennials – view Gen Xers as cynical/negative


“A team that allows choices and openly explores ideas, and whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

Constance Patterson, PhD


Is this the image that came to mind
Is this the image that came to mind? whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”


Wired wireless
Wired/Wireless whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

  • Digital Natives

  • Cell Phones

  • MP3 Players/iPods (iPhone)

  • Texting

  • Web Surfing

  • MySpace/Facebook

  • Finger on the pulse of the World

  • Right Here/Right Now Generation


Digitally literate
Digitally Literate whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

  • Intuitive

  • Although, understanding technology and source quality may be shallow

  • More visually literate than any other generation

  • They move between real and the virtual instantaneously

  • Literacy goes well beyond text, because of visual media

  • Text literacy may be less well developed


10 attributes of an information age mindset j frand
10 Attributes of an Information-Age Mindset (J. Frand) whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

  • Computers are not technology

  • The Internet is better than TV

  • Reality is no longer real

  • Doing is more important than knowing

  • Learning more closely resembles Nintendo than logic

  • Multitasking is a way of life

  • Typing is preferred to handwriting

  • Staying connected is essential

  • There is zero tolerance for delays

  • Consumer and Creator are blurring


The millennial world
The Millennial World whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

  • Average teenager spends more than 72 hours a week using electronic media (2006)

  • Pew Internet research – nearly 80% of 28 and younger regularly read blogs/ 30% of 29-40

  • 40% of teenagers and 20-somethings have created their own blogs

  • A cult of groupthink, - collaborative and team-oriented


Learning characteristics
Learning Characteristics whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

  • Teamwork Activities

  • Cooperative Grouping

  • Experiential Activities

  • Structure

  • Use of Technology (SIDs, TM)

  • Email/Instant Messaging are Natural Communication and Socialization Mechanisms


Experiential
Experiential whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

  • Learn by doing rather than by being told what to do

  • Learn through discovery, exploring for themselves or with peers

  • Learning in this manner enables them to retain the information and use it in creative and meaningful ways


Suggestions for success
Suggestions for Success whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

  • Tell the Truth

  • Let Them Know: What They Do Matters

  • Explain the “Why” and What Is In It For Them

  • Learn Their Language, Communicate In Their Terms

  • Make the Competitive Environment Fun

  • Model The “Way”

  • Build Relationships

  • Challenge To Find Technological Solutions To Everyday Issues


Something to think about
Something to Think About whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

EmployeeEvolution.com –

Created by 20-somethings Paugh and Healy- “create an anonymous dialogue between our generation and the corporations struggling to understand our attitudes about work.”


In where should a millennial draw the line
In “Where Should a Millennial Draw the Line?” whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

Paugh writes,

Part of being an entry-level worker is just waiting for something big to come your way. In the meantime, you bite your lip and act busy. Preceding generations say it’s normal. I say it sucks. If what our elders say is true, we’re supposed to keep on truckin’. Eventually we’ll have some real responsibility and the downtime will be nothing less than treasured. The problem is, I don’t live my life on blind faith.


Some negatives
Some Negatives whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

  • Multi-tasking

  • Poor Communication Skills (writing)

  • Oral Communication

  • Math Skills

  • Mass Stimulation

  • Lack of Critical Thinking/Problem Solving as an individual

  • Plagiarism/Cheating (turnitin.com)

  • Problem Discerning Truth (Wikipedia)


Strategies
Strategies whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

  • Awareness of new Technology

  • Different methods of reporting information: podcasts, vodcasts, blackboard, forums, use of PowerPoint, RSS (Really Simple Syndication), LCS (Lecture Capture System), Students

  • Setting Parameters

  • Websites

  • Recruiting


Strategies continued
Strategies Continued whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

  • Challenge them – They care about what matters and use responsibility as a reward.

  • Ask them their opinion – Collaboration and being part of a team is important to them.

  • Find them a mentor – They have great respect for Silents.

  • Provide timely (worthwhile) feedback – At the touch of a button.


25 year old chris hales ceo of anti matter media
25 year old Chris Hales whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”CEO of Anti-Matter Media

Two things represent my generation. Technology and the “Do-It-Yourself” aesthetic. With the increase in technology, opportunities for networking with others seem endless, enabling us to turn out more authors, films, record labels and artists than previous generations. When you put the two together you have the recipe for a generation that is willing to go out and make stuff happen on their own.


Time for you
Time for You whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.”

Questions

and

Answers

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