The Z transform: active learning approaches for generation Z

Jones, Matthew ORCID logoORCID: and Megeney, Alison ORCID logoORCID: (2019) The Z transform: active learning approaches for generation Z. In: CETL-MSOR Conference 2019, 05-06 September 2019, Dublin City University, Ireland. . [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The Mathematics team at Middlesex University have been embracing the use of active practice-based approaches to create rich learning environments for specialist UG mathematics students. Practice-based learning involves an active and collaborative approach. It requires students to actively demonstrate what they know and have learned by making linkages between theory and practice. The team are using technolgy to support this approach, producing screencasts and recording lectures to support learning and capture the collaboration in sessions.

This approach is appealing to generation Z (Gen Z) who are highly collaborative, value working with peers and require social interaction. They value skills and are keen to put them into practice. Research indicates that Gen Z need a drastically different approach to learning than others. Understanding how to motivate and stimulate Gen Z through active collaborative approaches is vital. Practice-based approaches will not work in isolation, research indicates that learning environments for Gen Z must be varied to meet their needs. A variety of online material to support this “google generation” is needed and blended with activity based classroom approaches.

In this talk we will present some of the innovations being used address these changes and discuss the challenges met along the way.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Presentation)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 30235
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Date Deposited: 26 May 2020 14:57
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2020 08:47

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