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Do the “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education” Still Hold True for Our Millennial Students?. Dr. Paula Ahles, Social Sciences Faculty Janeil Davis, QUEST. The Millennial Generation.

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Do the “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education” Still Hold True for Our Millennial Students?

Dr. Paula Ahles, Social Sciences Faculty

Janeil Davis, QUEST


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The Millennial Generation

Teaching “Millennium” generation college students automatically makes every higher education instructor a digital immigrant; every 20-something student a digital native. What’s the difference? Those in the immigrant camp instinctively reach for the Yellow Pages to call a plumber; those in the native camp instinctively Google.

Peter Connor, Quote taken from “Teaching Millennials: Give Them What They Need,” The Institute for Learning and Teaching, Colorado State University

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o


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Millennial Demographics

  • Most racially and ethnically diverse in this nation’s history

  • More likely to be biracial or multiracial

  • More likely to have been racially segregated in their previous educational settings and neighborhoods

  • Wealthier, although it is more polarized

  • More ambitious than either Boomers or

    Generation-X


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Millennial Characteristics

  • Special

  • Sheltered

  • Confident

  • Conventional

  • Team-Oriented

  • Achieving

  • Pressured


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How Do the “Seven Principles” Apply to Millennials?

1.Encourages Contact Between Students

and Faculty

  • Characteristic

    • Special

  • Implications for the Classroom

    • Learn student names

    • Hold convenient office hours but vary within the week

    • Vary the locations you hold office hours

    • Hold student conferences during semester – require students to visit with you either individually or in groups

    • Discuss and encourage use of campus resources

    • Attend events sponsored by student groups

    • Be accessible via e-mail, Blackboard Discussion Board, etc.


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How Do the “Seven Principles” Apply to Millennials?

2. Develops Reciprocity and Cooperation Among Students

  • Characteristic

    • Team-Oriented

  • Implications for the Classroom

    • Create learning communities, study groups, and/or project teams within courses

    • Encourage students to join a campus organization (perhaps one connected to the discipline)

    • Use group projects or presentations with specific performance criteria, so that each person’s grade is independent of those achieved by others

    • Use peer critiques and editing

    • Rotate students when working in pairs or small groups

    • Use creative ways to show what has been learned (skits, games, demonstrations, re-enactments, etc.


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How Do the “Seven Principles” Apply to Millennials?

3. Encourages Active Learning

  • Characteristic

    • Confident

  • Implications for the Classroom

    • Encourage students to challenge your ideas, the ideas of other students, or those presented in the readings

    • Give students concrete, real-life situations to analyze

    • Ask students to relate outside events or activities to the subjects in the course

    • Use simulations, role playing, or labs in your classes

    • Arrange field trips, volunteer activities, or internships related to your course

    • Carry out research projects with students

    • Require students to help design and teach parts of courses


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How Do the “Seven Principles” Apply to Millennials?

4. Gives Prompt Feedback

  • Characteristics

    • Sheltered

  • Implications for the Classroom

    • Give frequent quizzes and/or homework assignments to help students monitor their progress

    • Prepare classroom exercises and/or problems which give students immediate feedback

    • Return exams and papers within a week or sooner

    • Give students detailed evaluations of their work early in the term

    • Provide written comments on exams and papers regarding strengths and weaknesses

    • Provide feedback and review immediately after an exam

    • Encourage drafts of writing assignments

    • Use the Blackboard grade book or similar system to post scores so students can monitor their own progress


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How Do the “Seven Principles” Apply to Millennials?

5. Emphasizes Time on Task

  • Characteristic

    • Pressured

  • Implications for the Classroom

    • Start and end class on time

    • Provide full disclosure (in syllabus) about all assignments, deadlines, etc.

    • Provide a clear explanation of plagiarism

    • Explain the consequences for non-attendance

    • Expect students to complete their assignments on time and have consequences in place for those who do not

    • Clearly communicate to students the minimum amount of time they should be spending preparing/studying for your course

    • Use progressive deadlines for projects, assignments, and presentations

    • Assign realistic time values for each assignment and have realistic expectations for class assignments


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How Do the “Seven Principles” Apply to Millennials?

6. Communicates High Expectations

  • Characteristic

    • Achieving

  • Implications for the Classroom

    • Provide clear expectations orally and in writing (through syllabus) at the beginning of each course

    • Provide specific information at various times throughout the semester on how to be successful in your course

    • Suggest specific ways to improve performance (campus resources, tutorials, websites, etc.)

    • Work individually with poor performers to encourage higher levels of performance

    • Expect students to attend, be on time, and actively participate

    • Periodically discuss how the class is doing

    • Give examples of exemplary assignments and projects

    • Regularly revise your course to demonstrate your own commitment to high expectations


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How Do the “Seven Principles” Apply to Millennials?

7. Respects Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning

  • Characteristic

    • All of them?

  • Implications for the Classroom

    • Utilize diverse teaching activities to address a broad spectrum of students

    • Within each lesson, identify a variety of learning opportunities to engage as many ways of learning as possible

    • Use technology when it serves an effective purpose (Blackboard, You Tube, podcasting, video case studies, simulations, etc.)

    • Select readings and activities that relate to the backgrounds of your students

    • Provide extra materials or exercises for students who lack essential background knowledge or skills

    • Use a variety of evaluation methods (exams, papers, projects, presentations) to allow students to demonstrate their ability


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Technology Suggestions for the “Digital Native”

  • Post course notes and web site links of interest so students can explore relevant resources

  • Direct students to discipline-specific, Internet-accessible databases

  • Develop course-specific web pages containing class materials, slides, and interactive multimedia components

  • Podcast you lectures so students can listen or re-listen to them on their iPods and MP3s

  • Introduce a student interactive response system (i.e. clickers) into your class in Q&A sessions and get immediate, measurable results

  • Use WIKI Web sites for students to add and edit collaborative work

  • Use Message Boards for one-way communication with groups and Chat Rooms for communication between group members

    Source: Skiba, D.J., Barton, A.J. (2006, May 31). Adapting Your Teaching to Accommodate the Net Generation of Learners. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.


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