Understanding the Mindset of the Modern Student

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Understanding the Mindset of the Modern Student

Do you ever peer out into that lecture hall full of freshmen and wonder when the generation gap got so large? While most of them use smartphones for entertainment, communication and learning, you reflect that at their age you had a discman, an answering machine and an Apple IIe.

Sure, maybe you’re the “cool” professor who’s stayed current and tried to keep up with the times, but there are still major cultural differences between you and your students. So how do you bridge the gap?

Here’s your chance to figure it out. On Tuesday, September 24 at 11:00 a.m. Central, you’ll have a rare opportunity for live Q&A with the authors of the Beloit Mindset List.

Ron Nief and Tom McBride, the men who literally wrote the book on what generations of Americans think is normal, will help you understand the mindset of the modern student. They’ll cover:

  • How technology has accelerated the widening of the generation gap
  • What they’ve learned over the 16 years they’ve been creating the mindset list
  • Their favorite “Mindset Moments” and how you can leverage them to keep relevant

Whether you’re in front of a classroom of college freshmen, or work behind the scenes on the facilities and technologies they’ll use on campus, we guarantee you’ll gain new insight of the next generation of students. And maybe even get a good chuckle in the process.

  • Presented By:

    Ron Nief

    Ron Nief, Beloit College's former Public Affairs Director is co-creator of the Mindset List, which provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. The list was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, and quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation. Ron is co-author of the book, The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think Is Normal (John Wiley & Sons).

  • Presented By:

    Tom McBride

    Tom McBride, Keefer Professor of the Humanities is co-creator of the Mindset List, which provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. The list was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, and quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation. Tom is co-author of the book, The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think Is Normal (John Wiley & Sons).

  • Moderated By:

    Sean Brown

    Sean Brown, Senior Vice President, Sonic Foundry. Sean's core focus is simplifying digital media to improve use and outcomes. Before coming to Sonic Foundry in 2002, Sean has 23 years of product management and education business development experience at IBM, Apple and Oracle. He is a past president and board member of the Hopkins Foundation for Innovation in Education. Today, Sean also hosts Sonic Foundry's popular, monthly best practices webinar series for higher education.