OLC Accelerate 2018-Rethinking Student Engagement w/Generation Z Students

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Who is Generation Z?
  • Gen Z: The Phigital Student
  • Universities don't meet the expectations of Gen Z Students
    • One-third of students feel student administration systems do not meet their expectations.
    • Study found that 7 in 10 students would recommend that their universities review and change its digital strategy.
    • 49% of students reported taking fewer courses per semester and 45% reported not registering for a course because of the high cost of textbooks.
    • 64% of students opted out of buying textbooks for the first day of class
    • Students are choosing not to study business and computer science because of the cost of textbooks.
Gen Z students tend to thrive when they are given the opportunity to have a fully immersive educational experience and they even enjoy the challenges of being a part of it. 
51% of surveyed students said they learn best by doing while only 12% said they learn through listening. 

Teaching Strategies for Generation Z

  1. Think Digital in all assignments, assessments, activities
  2. Break content into short segments
  3. Make information graphical and bite size
  4. Rethink how you communicate
  5. Be relevant.  Respect the time of the Gen Z student
  6. Provide individualized instruction - think adaptive learning
  7. Use Social Media approaches to learning
  8. Set up students for a career
  9. Provide access to resources to help eliminate student loan debt
  10. Acknowledge that this generation sees themselves as Smart, Creative, and Hardworking

"Kids today have grown up with technology. They're looking for experiences that use tech purposefully, not frivolously," Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow (emphasis added - https://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2018/08/generation_z_prefers_learning_from_youtube.html)

Most Helpful Online Classroom Tools for Gen-Z Students

 Class Discussion    64%
 Working through problems and concepts     60%
 Study Guides     60%
 Textbooks 56%
 Test Review Sessions 52%
 Working in Small Groups         49%
 Homework 46%
 Notes Made Available Online 38%


Gen Z Students Need: 

    • The ability to prepare for multiple career fields at one time and "slash" careers through development of transferable skills
      • I am a teacher/freelance writer
      • I am a business associate/waiter
      • I am an administrative assistant/photographer
      • I am a middle manager/adjunct faculty member

Contact information:
Dr. Vickie Cook
Executive Director of the Center for  Online Learning, Research and Service
University of Illinois Springfield