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A Vision of Students Today

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The following is a short video that has shown up at more than a few conferences--in addition to its popularity on YouTube--so there's a chance that you may have already seen it. It summarizes some of the ways 21st-century students are relating to technology and the traditional f2f college classroom environment. This video was created by Michael Wesch in October 2007 in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.

 

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While this video provides some insight into students' relationship with technology and traditional learning in the 21st century, this information is mostly anecdotal. You are not required to view the video for the full workshop experience. If you are unable to watch it, the takeaway lesson is that traditional, lecture-based classroom learning is not effective enough for students who will need to grow and develop with rapidly advancing technology: "If students learn by doing, what are they learning by sitting [in a lecture hall]?"

 

On a separate note, it's worth keeping in mind that the use of videos in online education has its benefits and flaws. Videos are not always accessible for students with visual handicaps or slower connection speeds. We will discuss multimedia and accessibility later in this workshop.

 

If you are able to watch A Vision of Students Today and would like to see similar videos about the future of students and technology, you might want to check out the following:

 

2008 Latest Edition - Did You Know 3.0 - From Meeting in Rome this Year.flv (3.0 for 2008 - Newly Revised Edition Created by Karl Fisch, and modified by Scott McLeod; Globalization & The Information Age. It was even adapted by Sony BMG at an executive meeting they held in Rome in 2008. Credits are also given to Scott McLeod, Jeff Brenman)

 

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Comments (2)

Jude Andrews said

at 4:34 pm on Jul 27, 2009

Many students have learned a great deal in classrooms over the decades. Is there anything to be said for being able/content to listen and absorb without interaction?

Anne McKinney said

at 2:21 pm on Jul 28, 2009

Jude, is your question a response to the video, the on-demand nature of this particular workshop, or the subject of online learning in general? This could be an interesting subject for discussion on the discussion board for our workshop. If you would like a more interactive learning experience, you may want to sign up and share your opinions with other participants:

http://tinyurl.com/m9cnpq (copy & paste this link into your browser)

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