Part 10: Fall 2019 Labs

203 Teaching the Google Generation (II) — 11.06.2019

On November 6, 2019, participants of the Active Teaching Lab discussed conceptual pedagogical challenges posed by the “Google Generation.” The focus was on how new(er) generations of students influence adoption and use of specific technologies to enhance the learning environment while at the same time complicating it.


  • Ask students what tech they’re using and why they use it.
  • Prompt students to find context for the what, why, and so what of learning. Create opportunities for students to reflect on the intrinsic value of the course.
  • Share research on effective learning. A good place to start is with What Works; What Doesn’t — a meta-analysis of learning research.

For more information and resources, view the session’s activity sheet here.


The Active Teaching Lab is a Faculty Engagement program with sessions held on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm and Fridays from 8:30-9:45am in the Middleton Building (1305 Linden Dr.), room 120. Check out upcoming Labs or read the recaps from past Labs. We build interdisciplinary conversations that are more emergent than a presenter and more dynamic than a panel — a conversation with colleagues sharing challenges, solutions, and experiments on topics selected by a variety of stakeholders.

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