There is a need to understand the culture that Millennials live in and it is different from the academic culture. Selinda handed out a sheet listing 15 different Web 2.0 and other online tools and technologies. Two questions were asked - how many of them have you heard of and how many do you use. I had heard of all of them and I use 10 of them (YES - I am an uber-geek - and proud of it!). many in the room had not heard of most of the names on the list.
So what does that mean? Some of these tools have given Millennials a false sense of consequence. For example:
- YouTube - severe copyright issues - but the message being sent is that there is a small consequence/repercussions for violators uploading videos and other copyrighted material
- FanFiction - ideas are free, there is no consequence or repercussion (except to the original authors who are warned by their legal counsel to stay away from the site so as not to inadvertently steal fans' ideas).
- MusicMashup - rip, mix, burn - again little consequence or repercussion. Even professional musicians are doing it.
Traits of Millennials:
- Sense of privilege
- Atmosphere of consumerism
- Desire for customization, personalization, and choice
- Very social with a committment to the power of collaboration
- Goal oriented
- Complete immersion in technology
- Clearly define standards of scholarship
- Separate the social environment from the scholarship, academia, and professional worlds
- maintain academic standards when engaging in a social environment with the Millennial generation
- Unlike FanFiction - ideas are owned by authors
- Unlike YouTube - you are not allowed to republish and redistribute
- Unlike Music Mashup - you cannot mix and match
- Unlike the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bob Dylan - you cannot cut and paste
- Use authentic assessments
An interesting presentation, but the debate continues...