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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Do Millennials Learn Differently?

Below is a link to this excellent new report on generational differences and their impact on learning by author Janet Clarey, I thought you may find very interesting. Don't miss it!

Multi-Generational Learning in the Workplace: Overview and Instructional Design Considerations.
Written by Janet Clarey

Various names are used to describe the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s. These include Generation Y, Millennials, Nexters, the Net Generation, and the Digital Generation. This is the generation presently being groomed to replace retiring baby boomers.

According to some experts, millennials tend to prefer experiential/hands-on learning, working in teams, and social networking. They are naturally collaborative and tend to be creative.
Most do not think of technology as technology – it is just a part of life.
They are accustomed to online and cell phone messaging with abbreviated lingua and quick exchanges. They have been described as intuitive visual communicators with good visual-spatial skills who can shift attention rapidly to pay attention, or not, and to respond quickly.
Published October 2008.

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