University faculty predominantly represent the Baby Boomer and Baby Buster (Gen X) Generations, but, university students are largely iYs Millenials and Generation Z Digital Natives. These groups have been characterized both positively and negatively in the popular press. A fresh understanding of the newer generations can help instructors better meet current students’ educational needs. This article shares brief generational profiles based on recent research and then presents questions and recommendations for improving course assignments and their effectiveness. Ways of communicating about assignments and their benefits are also shared. The goal is to equip college-level instructors with ways to relate to and support the newest generation of learners.
Mohr, Kathleen A. J. and Mohr, Eric S.
"Understanding Generation Z Students to Promote a Contemporary Learning Environment,"
Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence: Vol. 1:
1, Article 9.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/jete/vol1/iss1/9