In addition to our partnership with the Provincial and Territorial Distance Education Association (PTDEA), one of CANeLearn’s founding board members is delivering the opening keynote at PTDEA’s 2016 annual meeting. The keynote is described as:
Digital Natives, Net Generation, Generation Me…What Do We Really Know About Today’s Students and How They Learn?
Dr. Michael Barbour
Today’s students are assigned a wide variety of labels. Many of these labels apply certain characteristics—some contradictory—to this generation, and many focus on how exposure to media and technology has changed the way today’s students think and learn.
In this keynote, Dr. Barbour will explore literature on generational labels and the specific characteristics that each ascribes, with an emphasis on the role that technology plays in the lives of today’s students and the differences between today’s students and previous generations. Dr. Barbour will present his investigations into the research these generational labels are based on, paying special attention to its reliability and validity.
This keynote will examine what’s been learned about K-12 students engaged in distance, online, and blended learning, both in Canada and abroad. Dr. Barbour will advise on promising, research-based practices that best support learners in distance, online, and blended environments.
Below you can find the slides from Dr. Barbour’s session.