Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Millennials Are Coming - A 60 Minutes Piece...

There has been a lot of talk about the Millennials - those learners born between 1980 and 1995 - currently in out high schools, colleges and universities, and starting to head out into the work force.

Morley Safer does a great 60 Minutes piece on the millennials - who they are, why they are, and the impact that they will have on the work place. I found one of the most interesting parts of the story the billions of dollars that is being spent to motivate employees - it's become a huge industry.

This video should resonate with educators as well as we are seeing these learners in our courses now - risk adverse, adversity adverse, and with a sense of entitlement that for many gets in the way of the their learning.

As educators we will have our hands full preparing them for the work place - and it is a dynamic changing work place that means we will have to be equally dynamic and flexible in our learning environments - many of our current ways of supporting learning may just not be viable anymore and new ones will have to be developed. I firmly believe that one of my responsibilities is to meet learners "where they are" to make learning relevant and useful. The big question for me is finding where they are. Hmmm...

(Photo: Start of School Year by Damiel)

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