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Every generation has its own unique characteristics and sets of strengths and weaknesses. For educators to target these skills and maximize the learners’ abilities, they first have to identify what the unique features of that generation are and how are they different from those of other generations that they have taught. The 21st century learner’s needs can be ruled out after knowing what their positive and negative skills are. Starting with the positive, 21st century learners are open to technology and new ideas; they are creative, fast learners and critical thinkers. In addition to learning through experimenting and trial and error, this generation of learners are competitive but, at the same time, appreciative of team work. One of their most remarkable skills, considered to be both positive and negative, is believing in linear hierarchy. On the other hand, the challenges that 21st century learners face are their increased dependence on technology and their low tolerance for oral instruction. St. George educators enjoyed a workshop organized by the SKILD team on the skills and challenges of learners prior to starting a productive academic year.

 

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