Teaching Generation Z at the University of Hawai’i


New generations of students are not the same as prior generations and they respond differently to instruction. The University of Hawai‘i must change its ways of teaching to align to the values and learning styles of these new learners, specifically Generation Z (Gen Zers). Teaching methods, course content, and objectives must be relevant and engaging to this new generation of learners. Gen Zers were born in 1995-2010. They follow other generations, who also impacted society in various ways, such as the Veterans (1925-1944), Baby Boomers (1945- 1964), Generation X (1965-1980), and Generation Y (1981-1995). Each of these groups is extremely distinct when considering values, goals, and ideals. These associated characteristics are based on the economic conditions, cultural norms and mores, technological advances, and world events. Gen Zers will become an important generation for the university. This report examines the learning style and thinking process of Gen Zers, the technology that Gen Zers have adopted, the ways Gen Zers approach information, and professional development models the university may employ to effectively respond to Gen Zers. Also, important to consider is that though Gen Zers bring different characteristics and traits to our university. Their learning needs reflect a changing world, especially in view of new technology. For faculty to have the knowledge and skills of up-to-date education technology, the university needs to be proactive in making this happen. This paper presents methods to achieve this goal.

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Mariana Gerschenson, University of Hawai‘i, United States
Jeff Stearns, University of Hawai‘i, United States
Kelley Dudoit, University of Hawai‘i, United States
Shirl Fujihara, University of Hawai‘i, United States
Ann Kennedy, University of Hawai‘i, United States

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Conference: IICEHawaii2017
Stream: Educational change through technologies

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