Why am I so sad that this is still true?
May 7, 2008
OK - I am going to put on my flak jacket for this....
I wonder if the conversation about whether learning design should be different for the "Digital Natives" is a red herring.
more research demonstrating that the standard training operating
procedure (stand in front of classroom, babble, watch eyes glaze over)
There's more research demonstrating that converting
the standard training operating procedure to electronic media (create
powerpoint with multiple bullets, babble if you have the technology,
click Next to continue, and offer multiple choice questions to see if
anyone is paying attention) isn't an improvement.
And, like Clark Quinn,
I am beginning to doubt that the increasing need for more engaging and
effective instruction is a result of cultural change (particularly in
regards to the technologies available at the time).
Instead, I think that it is more a matter of student expectation. Cammy Bean has a fantastic illustration of this process in her recent post.
the Digital Immigrants request the mind-numbing, information-heavy
powerpoint because that's what they grew up with (and we all turned out
OK, didn't we?). The Digital Natives expect more engaging material
because they grew up in an environment where that level of engagement
(at least outside of the classroom) was the norm. I'm thinking
Civilization, World of Warcraft, MySpace etc.
The expectation of engagement from the folks joining the work force for the first time can only help us all.