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2 Creating a Balanced Learning Environment for Today’s Student
Challenge: First time in history that we have 4 generations working together and learning together. Unique situation Talk about 4 generations Different dates to define each generation General descriptions; not specific for individual people Formed by parents from previous generation Formed by noteworthy events

3 Veteran Generation 1922 – 1945 Age: 67 – 90 Faculty, adjunct faculty,
Not many students

4 Veteran Generation Pictures of what defines the veteran generation
Age: World War II Stock Market Crash, Black Tuesday, Oct 29, 1929 Depression-era Parents Farm to factories

5 Veteran Generation Education Characteristics 0% QCC Students
Traditional classroom Formal Straight forward information Tact and respect Characteristics Respect for authority Formal Duty before pleasure Rule followers Left side characteristics; right side education needs Age Important happenings: World War II Stock Market Crash, Black Tuesday, Oct 29, 1929 Depression-era Parents Farm to factories Characteristics Consistent Uniform Conform Respect for authority Duty before pleasure Rule followers Honor Hard work Dedication/sacrifice Education Traditional classroom Formal Straight forward information Build skills privately Tact and respect 5

6 Baby Boomer Generation
1946 – 1964 Age:

7 Baby Boomer Generation
Pictures of what defines the baby boomer generation Age: Recipients of advances in science, raised in a world of optimism, science could conquer all Woodstock JFK Assassination MLK Assassination Man walking on moon Modern medicine, vaccines, science solved all Science Many current world leaders are from this generation

8 Baby Boomer Generation
Education 3% QCC Students Traditional classroom Independent Lifelong learners Characteristics Optimistic Demand fairness Driven/workaholics Good team players Age: Life long learners Characteristics Optimistic Sensitive to feedback Don’t like authority Workaholics Try to be the best Driven Over-confident Demand Education Filled classrooms to overflowing Traditional classroom Motivated by winning Learn to learn (life long learners) 8

9 Generation X 1965 – 1980 Age:

10 Generation X Pictures of what defines the Generation x 1965-1980
Age: Watergate scandal and distrust of politicians Single families/divorce Energy crisis Massive layoffs Bill Clinton Stock market crash Soaring national debt Beginning of Technology. Would always grow up with it.

11 Generation X Characteristics Education Value efficiency
Tolerant of differences Work for money, not for fun Family is important Education 22% QCC Students DO! Clear goals Don’t waste time Visual Use technology Left side characteristics; right side education needs Age: Characteristics Group oriented Work for money, not enjoyment Don’t expect to earn as much as parents Family is important Hard workers but not obsessive Boomer parents say they are slackers, whiners, poor work ethic, lazy, negative Drop in degrees for males Education Clear goals Allow choices and options Technology Will meet requirement but not obsess over it. Learn by sample and do; Gen x like to DO! Keep handouts clean to the point, white space, bullets Visual learners: sesame street, 11

12 Generation Y Millennium Generation
1981 – 2000 Age:

13 Generation Y Millennium Generation
Pictures of what defines the Gen Y Age: Technology: smaller and faster Communication Facebook Grew up in a different world due to Sept 11 Very structured world: play groups, did not play outside, music class, lessons, individualized instruction, Most diverse group in history Members are born to the most diverse mix of parents from teenagers to middle-aged moms. 1/3 of this generation was born to single, unwed mothers.

14 Generation Y Millennium Generation
Education 75% QCC Students DO! Use technology Constant feedback Clear/precise goals Customize learning Characteristics Diverse Powerful Structured childhood Impatient Optimistic Technology Left side characteristics; right side education needs Age: Characteristics Born to the most diverse group of parents Grown up in a highly structured, busy, over-planned environment Confident Optimistic Feel valued Will comprise 1/3 of the countries population Weak on interpersonal skills Education Technology and teamwork Expect good grades Multi-task Weak on interpersonal skills, hands-on learners Need choices, customize, instant feedback Need interaction Need clear expectations, all criteria “Will this be on the test”. Get bored quickly, need to be interactive. Constant feedback; need to know how they are doing 14

15 Generation Z 2001-present Age: 0-11
Pictures of what defines generation z

16 21st Century Pedagogy Learner-centered curriculum Value of assignment
Outcome focused Customizable Variety of evaluation methods Incorporate technology Visual Clear, concise expectations/goals Learner Centered curriculum Value of assignment-if either the value of the information or the number of points earned by spending the time to do an assignment is not clear, students will not devote their time to the work. Outcome focused: Outcomes are more important than process in terms of learning. Today’s students have had access to incredible amounts of information from birth – more by age five than their great grandparents experienced in a lifetime. Customizable: today’s youth have always been able to customize their world; phones, facebook, etc. Variety of evaluation methods: Incorporate technology….MUST!!!! Visual: Today’s youth are the most visual of all. They have grown up on visual media. Clear, concise expectations: Gen x and Y focus on the end result not the process for getting there.

17 COURSE REDESIGN Everyone is being told to “fix” the problem.
Redesigning remedial/developmental level and freshman level. Pressure from all around to “Redesign” Be mindful of your institution, your students, your institution mission, etc

18 QCC Course Redesign Course Redesign
About 10 years ago, QCC received a Title III grant to focus on developmental math and English, ORT, professional development. QCC redesign of all dev math courses: over 80% of students test into dev math; poor study skills; long history of failure. Had large number of dev math sec; large number dev math adjunct faculty; inconsistent grading and deliv of objs; increasing poor performance of students What did we do? standardized curriculum; mandatory dept final exam; employed coaching model; created MML master courses overall inc in success rates Colleague and I worked together on the team to implement changes Pushed MyMathLab and found students love it, worked hard, etc. Training sessions for all faculty in MML ……PROBLEM…….

19 The Problem… The problem:
Students were reading the book EVEN LESS than before, and (not READING) jumping right into Do HW in MML and write on scrap (if they write it at all!) (not DOing the math) (with tech they bypassed paper completely…) poor ORGANIZATION/study skills So we decided to create a workbook for our students, with streamlined presentation (so they’ll READ it) and lots of space for them to DO the math (in organized way)… paired with MML course…

20 Bring Back Paper! D: Here’s a sample of what we created for our students back in 2006 … (version 1) - Main Idea/Notes – Bite sized info; students will actually READ it - Example - Your Turn with space and guidance – students will DO the math, and write it in an ORGANIZED way in a binder (brief success description… next slide)

21 Face-to-face and online class
With Paper Face-to-face and online class pass rates increased. A: For years now, D and I have brought back paper to ALL our classrooms – traditional, online, computer classroom, hybrid, with strong success… …Very briefly describe use/success in A – Traditional and computer based – 10 percentage points inc over institutional redesign pass rates (get eT ready) D – Online – for first time ever, ave pass rate on par with institutional redesign pass rates Even with better success rates, A and I wanted more for our students – we wanted paper and technology seamlessly merged together… built from the ground up…

22 The Power Is in the Pairing
We teamed with Pearson and created MML for INTRO Algebra that you see today … where the power is in the pairing . Heavy pairing of technology with the structure of paper. Worktext: Streamlined presentation of main concepts, key examples, rules, and procedures with plenty of space for students to practice solving problems. eText: Expands upon the streamlined worktext with videos for every example, more information, FAQ’s, animations, and lots and lots of problem-solving practice. 22



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