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Understanding Today’s Students

Originally, I set out to write a few paragraphs in an email responding to colleagues’ comments about struggling to understand the current generation of college students.

But I now have too much to say, and I don’t want to simplify more than necessary. That email has now grown into a series of drafted blog posts. I have the content mapped out, but I’m already regretting how much I have to omit. I have other work to do, and you don’t want to read a full article (or more) disguised as a blog.

Are ‘students these days’ different? If so, how? And what are the implications for our teaching? Read my 5-part blog series exploring the implications for our teaching:

Part 1 Understanding Today’s Students: Why?

Part 2 Implications for Our Teaching: Technology as part of life, Being protected & becoming risk-averse, Chunked time, not narrative time, Co-Inquiry with peers & professors

Part 3 Implications for Our Teaching: From learning by consuming & reproducing to learning by applying, Learning as play: a (the?) skill of the 21st century & producing

Part 4 Implications for Our Teaching: Research & information literacy, Slow thinking & learning

Part 5 Implications for Our Teaching: The Value of struggle & difficulty, In-person interactions & interpersonal skills

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