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
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
As teachers we are really only trained on the positives of technology. It was good to learn the other side and how to help protect the students.B.M., Special Education Teacher
Understanding Today's Students will provide valuable insights to anyone who works with young people.A.R., Tech Specialist
I really thought it was relevant for today's educators and was nice to collaborate with others and find out that what I'm seeing is happening everywhere!M.H., Elementary Teacher
I thought the course was very informative. The content was interesting. Gained good insight on today's students.R.B., Social Studies Teacher
Offers great insight on the student that is present in the classroom today compared to 5-10 years ago.C.M., Language Arts Teacher
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
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
I really liked the course, and I like that there were options to do the assignments (for example, a video feed versus a discussion post)M.K., Science Teacher
I liked the assignments that were applicable to my classroom (lesson plan review and digital citizenship lesson)C.R., Special Education Teacher
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.
I appreciated that this course was more content than discussion driven. While there was a required discussion component, it was based around valuable provided texts and media rather than being opinion based like some other courses.M.S., Reading Specialist
I thought the information about today's students was very eye opening and useful.D.F.
Really enjoyed having resources to look at how today's learners learn bestA.P., Music Teacher