Have you made the viewing of archived webcasts a part of your continuous learning process yet? If not, you should make a commitment to discover the wealth of learning opportunities that are available right at your desktop. Another excellent webcasted lecture became available recently, and you can begin your exploration of webcasts with this one. Diana Oblinger, Vice-President at EDUCAUSE, was recorded giving a lecture on integrating digital learning experiences into teaching in order to better fit the culture of NetGen learners. It runs about 90 minutes, but the good thing about archived webcasts is that you have the ability to skip around the recording if you hit a section that’s of less interest. The lecture was recorded at Cornell University on February 28, 2006. You can find a brief summary of the presentation here and a link to it actual webcast here. I hope you’ll take advantage of the professional development possibilities offered by webast archives.
Speaking of netgen students, you may recall that one of the characteristics of our changing student population that we often hear about is their penchant for group learning. They like to learn in groups – right. They like to learn collaboratively – yes. Well, the other day I arrived a bit early for an instruction session for one of our undergraduate business classes here, and a few students were already in the room. While I was setting up for my session I couldn’t help but be amused by their conversation. They were complaining bitterly about – you guessed it – having to do another group project. So I broke and in and said, “Wait a minute, everything I hear about you Millennial students is that you really like to learn and work in groups?” Their response – “Where did you ever hear something like that?”. Despite this experience I continue to see many students working in groups in our library – no doubt collaborating on all the group projects our faculty assign.