Roger McHaney, a professor at Kansas State University, describes the new environment facing higher education in his book, “The New Digital Shoreline: How Web 2.0 and Millenials Are Revolutionizing Education.”
McHaney posits that Higher Education is facing “a New Digital Shoreline” that is shaped by Web 2.0 technology and the arrival of the “tech-savvy” millenial. The tech-savvy millenial demands “educators reconsider learning theories, pedagogies, and interactions with students and peers.”
Tech-savvy millennials are:
- Empowered by social networks and other mobile technologies to try on various identities and personas.
- Have incorporated time slicing into their lives. They find waiting intolerable.
- Can personalize and customize their world in a way that was not previously possible.
- Possess a variety of promising characteristics, in particular, creativity.
One of the premises of McHaney’s book is that today’s learner is central to the way we need to teach. Technology has changed the way students complete assignments, study, learn, and the educational system needs to adapt, too. Stay tuned for more insights into the book. It helps me to blog about different parts as I put the central ideas together.