Too Many Words

As I progress through the semester my students become more comfortable. One of my course text has very few pictures and even those are in black and white. A recent comment from a ‘Y or Net Generation’ student brought it to my attention that it is difficult to understand concepts when they are only written in words. Which made me reflect on the learning differences between my parents generation and the current one. My parents lived on words, drawing from their experiences to create pictures in their minds. The current generation seems to be limited on their experiences in the world. Relying more on what we provide with visuals and action (short movies). Thus as an instructor I need to recognize this generations learning tools and adapt. For the rest of the semester I am going to test out a theory that by adding my own pictures/short videos to the online classroom I can help deepen their understanding of the text they are reading.

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