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How millennial culture is driving change in higher education

Though MOOCs and web-based learning tools are on the rise, many students still do need something tangible to be successful

online-education-millennialsAs a recent college graduate and Millennial, I’ve been a first-hand witness to the changes that are occurring in higher education.

Sparked by the generation’s need for constant collaboration – and convenience – the changes occurring today are unprecedented, but perhaps not all that surprising.

The publishers, universities, faculty, and administration that have made up the last half-century of education are trying to adapt to this new generation of snapchatting, instagramming, show-me-this-instant students.

When asked to define today’s college student, I believe they can be described by three cultural and personality traits as follows:

1. Instantaneous Gratification

Today’s students have a mentality that if it doesn’t exist on Google, it doesn’t exist in life. Millennials are in search of learning tools beyond their books. They’re looking for more interaction and greater engagement than traditional textbooks have provided in the past.

(Next page: Why students want to feel relevant and connected)

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