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Adapting Teaching/Learning Strategies for the Multigenerational Online Classroom

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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in New Orleans, LA, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-12-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA


Adapting teaching/learning strategies appropriate for the multigenerational online classroom is a challenge for educators. The pedagogy found in the online classroom shifts the focus from a teacher-centered learning approach to a student-centered learning approach. Four generations of students who could be present in the online classroom are identified and described. Literature reveals that each generation has its own set of values, ideas, beliefs, expectations, ethics, and culture. Educators must understand these differences in order to better understand the learning needs of the students to provide various teaching/learning strategies to promote optimal student outcomes. This paper will briefly discuss the differences among the four generations, address the learning needs of the four generations, and present examples of generation appropriate teaching/learning strategies in the online classroom.


Baker, D. & Schmidt, A. (2014). Adapting Teaching/Learning Strategies for the Multigenerational Online Classroom. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning (pp. 130-138). New Orleans, LA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 16, 2019 from .

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