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Holly Parker

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  • This might include a changing paradigm in the way that infrastructure is used on campus or how students connect and collaborate. Rethinking the role of academic support centers is also a must in order to:

    Provide information to faculty on characteristics of students and learning strategies
    Advise on effective study skills at the classroom level
    Help students define their problems
    Encourage reflection on faculty’s paradigms and corresponding behaviors about their students
    Develop online workshops and information about effective study strategies
    Evaluate location and physical infrastructure
    Support smart objects and intelligent contexts and processes
    Support processes: instruction and classroom assessment
    Reconfigure and redesign use of space for social groupings, collaboration, and identity

  • Implications for Faculty
    Faculty are likely to experience confusing classroom environments, with students that seem less interested in participating, and who require a more individualized approach to the traditional topics. Such shifts will require a shift in instruction. The National Training Laboratories reports a shift in the average retention of different learning activities. Student’s retention average from lecture is only 5% and 10% from reading. On the other hand, retention average for discussion groups is 50%, 75% for practice by doing, and 90% when the student experiments in a teaching role. Given the millennials’ characteristics, faculty need to work on:

    a diversity of learning experiences in the classroom
    continuous research of what works for students to learn
    elimination of delays
    a customer service focus
    experiential, interactive and authentic learning
    staying connected
    expanding their opportunities on and off campus
    providing international internships emphasizing social services projects
    revising the curriculum taking into account the millennial learning styles
    and their differences

    Faculty can encourage students by developing interactive activities, using portable devices like PDA, iPod, mobile phones, and creating learning communities. Students will work better with mind maps, cases, games, simulations and role-play. A custom and individualized program of professional development will help faculty get up to speed.

Holly Parker

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  • Many of the presentations focused on pedagogy, student retention, learning styles and mentoring. All of these topics are important in education, but the role of the brain and how it acquires information was the main theme of this session.
  • The acquisition of knowledge requires the full capacity of brain functioning, and educators should have knowledge of the neural mechanisms associated with learning as well as the different styles of learning that impact success in the classroom.
  • Educators should be aware of different instructional approaches that can stimulate various sensory mechanisms to activate the brain centers that control movement and influence emotion.
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  • The neural circuitry connecting the hippocampus to the hypothalamus and the amygdala help to enhance memory when there is an emotional interest in the topic of discussion. Therefore, educators should realize that it makes sense to present information that is emotionally relevant to the student for the information to be properly stored for recall.
  • Educators can try exposing students to pleasant aromas during a lecture and then expose the students to the same aroma during testing. Since the student today has music as an integral part of their life, educators can play selected kinds of music during a lecture to engage the student. Along with music, movement can be integral to enhance learning. Therefore, create games with balls in which the students have to keep a beach ball in the air while they are seated. Take breaks during the lecture and have the students move around. Essentially, you want to engage students with multiple stimuli rather than boring Millennial Students with the standard lecture format.
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