Carl F. Berger, Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Research on students and faculty and differences in the use of technology in teaching and learning at the University of Michigan show how a new millennial instructor is emerging, sometimes resembling the millennium student, and sometimes the traditional faculty member, but most often unique. Are we ready for the implications of this new teacher?
Side note: Tom Brady (of the Pats) was one of Carl’s students.
I came to this session because my hunch is that I am a “Millennial Instructor.” The argument: current teaching styles (or past teaching styles) may not/are not adequate. Is there a new instructor type emerging. [He made a comment that I did not quite hear fully, about some faculty feeling that the opinion of the colleague down the hall is more important that broader considerations. Is that junior faculty trying to get tenure worried about the senior faculty’s opinion?]
1731 students, 391 faculty, 321 student/faculty roles; 83 faculty/student roles (404 in this overlap group)
Box plots of age: the median shows that age of these faculty is in the late 20s, but it is ONLY the median.
[I would suggest a different term since “millennial” is usually a term for generations and in this case he is saying it is about skills, traits, qualities, etc.]
They asked about “What do you think of your expertise in technology and: Education, Research, and Personal” on the spectrum of Novice to Expert. [I will have to get the slides, I cannot do this justice.]
Results: The MI is
How did they learn to use technology:
[In all of this, they ran for age/gender correlation and there was none!]
The presentation is available:
Look to the left, it is the first presentation! The direct link is here.
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