Redesigning the Learning Environment for the Millennial Student

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Kvavik, PhD
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New Learning Environment Requirements

  • Hypothesis. Spaces are agents for change. Changed spaces will change practice
  • We need to build an environment that anticipates and supports how students will be working and learning
  • Provide innovative, flexible science teaching and learning environments, which support technology-rich and hands-on, interactive Create facilities that place health science education on display instruction
  • Provide environments for informal and experiential individual and small group study
  • Build flexible facilities that can readily and inexpensively accommodate future teaching paradigms
  • Install visualization technologies that transform how science is practiced that will be used in how science is learned —interactive, computer-based animations that help students understand complex science concepts

Trends In Learning

  • Educating the next generation of health professionals to be flexible, adaptable, and able to respond effectively to changing economic and technological circumstances
  • Preparing students for jobs demanding analytic ability, creativity, and familiarity with new technologies
  • Bringing more research and engagement opportunities into the curriculum and offer practical opportunities
  • Students as active participants. Students benefit from a hands-on, laboratory-rich environment where students learn by doing
  • Lecture activities are more frequently and successfully being integrated into the teaching laboratory environment
  • Integration of technology into the laboratory and lecture environment: multi-media audio-visual technologies and social networking

Millennial Students’ Expectations
Millennial students express a need for social space and access to technology. Specifically:

  • Immediate access to real data
  • Small group work spaces
  • Access to experts and faculty in the learning space
  • Table space for a variety of IT tools
  • Integrated lab facilities
  • IT highly integrated into all aspects of learning spaces
  • Shared screens
  • Workgroup facilitation

Desired Interactive Classrooms

  • Interactive Classroom
  • Highly collaborative
  • Hands-on
  • Computer-rich
  • Interactive learning environment

Expected Outcomes
Students will…
Learn and better comprehend scientific concepts
Develop foundational skills needed for success in science and future careers

  • Problem solving, critical thinking
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Laboratory skills and experimental design
  • Team work and communication
  • Quantitative reasoning

Additional Expected Outcomes

  • Problem solving skills developed
  • Conceptual learning increased
  • Retention much higher
  • Performance in subsequent classes enhanced
  • Student attitude and satisfaction higher
  • Better preparation for the job market
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