I stumbled upon an interesting essay by Christy Price, Professor of Psychology from Dalton State College, on the perceptions of Gen Y or Millenials regarding their favorite professors, preferred learning environments, and implications for teaching Millenial learners.
Here are some extracts. The entire essay is available here.
– Millenials seem to prefer teachers that are tech-savvy, embrace conversational style in their classes as opposed to monologues, use culturally relevant examples (read “generationally” relevant case studies) in their lectures, and generally more relaxed and approachable. In general, there seems to be an aversion to strict authority in the classroom.
– Millenials seem to care more about how easy it is to interact with their teachers than what they know. A flexible, upbeat,friendly and helpful teacher seems to be an ideal teacher according to Price.
– When asked about their ideal learning environment, Millenials seem to prefer interactive teaching approaches that involves and engages the students, and also gives them an opportunity to collaborate in a fun and relaxing environment (seems they want classrooms to feel like a resort :)), with a lot of multimedia learning content thrown in!
Based on this essay, I can conclude that a majority of our schools and colleges aren’t meeting the expectations of the Millenials!
Check out this Dilbert strip on Gen Y.