Welcome to the Learning, Teaching, and Innovative Technologies Center!

Located in the James E Walker Library, Room 348

Teaching Resouces

Understanding Students



Students today are very different from how they were 20 years ago. The current generation, known as "the net generation,"; "generation Y,"; or "the millennials,"; are accustomed to a rapid turn-around of information and hands-on experience when they are learning. While these needs are often associated with the use of technology, the net generation still prefers involvement with their professors and fellow students over a PowerPoint. In order to properly instruct this group, faculty members must understand their student's needs and the purpose behind these needs. For example, a desire for a quick answer to a question is not impatience. Rather, the students like to have a constant flow of information, so that they can evaluate this data and use it to make decisions (EDUCAUSE, Educating the Net Generation).

MTSU Resources

LTITC Resources

From our library--

Bok, D. (2006). Our underachieving colleges: A candid look at how much students learn and why they should be learning more. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Gardner, J.N., Van der Veer, G., & Associates. (1998). The senior-year experience: Facilitating integrating, reflection, closure, and transition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Oblinger, D., & Oblinger, J. (2005). Educating the net generation. EDUCAUSE.

The College Board. (1983). Academic preparation for college: What students need to know and be able to do. New York: College Entrance Exam Board.

Weingartner, R. (1992). Undergraduate education: Goals and means. New York: ACE/MacMillan.

Teaching Tip

Online Resources: Tips and Strategies
Ramapo College of New Jersey - About Teaching Generation Y

Online Publications: Viewpoints, Articles, Books...