Future of the University-GRAD5014

I think the future university will be more technology oriented, more online course will become available and innovative strategies of engaging students will be created. As the students become millennial,  a generational gap exists between millennial undergraduates’ expectations for education and courses courses and previous undergraduates enrolled in classroom-only courses.

Siegal (2012) identifies three key aspects for these differences: the structure of the modern educational landscape, millennial communication patterns, and disparity between the technology backgrounds of students and their instructors. As a result of generational differences, traditional educational strategies designed for use in classroom instruction, such as didactic lecture or small-group discussion, are unlikely to stimulate desired educational outcomes for millennial students. So innovative teaching strategies will be created to engage the students in the learning process.

The traditional course structure or classroom set will be changed, as new teaching strategies are launched. Specially designed classrooms and course outlines will be available. For instance, traditional lectures will disappear, and instead, interactive type of teaching methods will emerge, so the students will enjoy more about the courses and the learning process.

As more and more classes will be available online, so the semester system will be changed as well. Students can complete classes based on their own learning pace, and available time and resources, so the the students will feel less stressful during the who education process.

References:

Siegal, B., & Kagan, S. H. (2012). Teaching psychological and social gerontology to millennial undergraduates. Educational gerontology, 38(1-3), 20-29. doi:10.1080/03601277.2010.515896

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