EDU 909 Understanding Today's Students
This course delves into the powerful societal and technological influences contributing to the development of today's students. As the influences of postmodernism shift our world from rational to experiential problem solving, technology moves us from linear to complex thinking, and collaboration replaces individual responsibility, students are learning in a world that has changed dramatically.
Understanding Today's Students examines the corresponding shift in student behaviors and worldviews from older generations, and explores the opportunities and challenges represented by a new type of student. Strategies are discussed for equipping and empowering today's students for a strong future.
*Participants in this course will have a mandatory, synchronous, video conference session. The date and time are listed on each course registration page.
See what other educators are saying about this course
I really enjoyed the insight that this course gave me on students and their minds/culture.A.W., Math Teacher
The information in this course was very valuable to see into characteristics of the generation we see in the education field today. Very valuable reflections and assignments.M.L., Administrator
This class was amazing! I have never taken another class like it. Learning about how generations have an effect on one another, how technology is impacting students and our society, the way technology is effecting our brains, and how we can help students growing up in a digital world was so helpful.P.G., Elementary Teacher
This course has helped to shape my understanding of how generational influences coupled with technology have shaped (and are shaping) our students and their parents. It is fascinating and has helped me to redefine how I look at my students on a daily basis.A.W., Reading Specialist
This was a great course. It is very relevant for anyone working with children of this generation. I really learned a lot of strategies for working with this generation and how they are so unique.J.S., Elementary Teacher
Relevant information for me as a teacher and person.R.H., Elementary Teacher
I thought this course was very relevant for teaching today's youth.K.G., Science Teacher
This course was great. I generally dread taking Education graduate courses because it's usually the same thing that was taught ten years ago, but re-branded. However, this class was very informative, useful, and overall interesting. I think Jolene organized it in a very thoughtful way, providing both the historical background for technology's impact through the ages and allowing us to really delve into how technology is impacting students today. Jolene Erlacher was also very supportive throughout the course. I had to contact her on more than one occasion, due to my own ineptitude at technology, but she was both patient and helpful with my struggles.K.P., Language Arts Teacher
I have made changes to how I schedule trainings based on what I learned from this course.A.R., Tech Specialist
This course provided me with a wealth of knowledge about what students are currently experiencing and some of the reasons behind their behavior and issues.S.S.
This course was good at making me reflect on my students I have had in the past and my future students and how technology may or may not be perceived in their homes.D.C., Elementary Teacher
Very impactful, now I have a better understanding of my students.K.G., Science Teacher
I have a better understanding of how my students see the world with technology.G.C., Language Arts Teacher
The information is already being implementing in the classroomM.B., Elementary Teacher
The most valuable part of this course was creating lessons on digital citizenship to deliver to my students. I do not know where else they would receive a lesson on that topic so I plan to use my presentation from that assignment this year!M.T., Math Teacher