Another great post from Pedro today that I wanted to share with all of you. In one fell swoop he uses research to dismantle the idea that there is such a thing as “digital natives” AND the notion that we should use different instructional design methods for different generations. Why write my own post today when this is so fantastic? Enjoy and happy weekend!
First of all, for everybody who thinks that digital natives exist, do read this. But the real question is if different generations need different forms of instructional design. Many people do think this is the case, but what does research says?
Jeroen Janssen (@J3ro3J) tweeted this review by professor Thomas Reeves yesterday and although there are differences, the need for different approaches is not that certain to say the least.
From the conclusion:
“Although there are certainly many doubters, the consensus of scholarship and opinion is that there are generalizable generational differences that are worth taking into consideration in the “knowledge worker” or professional workplace and other contexts such as higher education. For example, there are differences with respect to attitudes, work habits, and motivators that anyone managing cross-generational teams should understand. Managers and workers should also be aware that generational differences in attitudes toward the balance between work…
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