Mary Jane and I have been actively working on our presentation for the AACUSS conference in May, and we are discovering some excellent generational information about our students. One of my mentors, Antonia Sly Nichols, Institutional Research Analyst, has provided us with information about what NSCC data we can publicly use, which is available on the NSCC website: http://www.nscc.ca/about_nscc/publications/index.asp
Antonia was also able to provide us with a breakdown of our students by generational categories (as prescribed in the book, Generation Jobless: Turning the Youth Unemployment Crisis into Opportunity, by Peter Vogel). Of note, in our 2015 student intake, 65% were Gen Z (born on or after 1991) and 21% were Gen Y (born 1982-1990). This verifies the hypothesis Mary Jane and I had that most of our students are Gen Y or Z, the two generations on which we have chosen to focus for the conference presentation.
Since I have abandoned the Coursera course series, “Foundations of Teaching” because it’s not related to adult learners, I have been searching for another related MOOC. I’ve signed up for another Coursera course, “How to Teach Us“, in which students describe the types of educational instruction that works best for them. The course starts May 9, 2016.
I also just learned that I’ve been approved to attend a new CCEDP course about Student Services from May 9-13, 2016. Here’s the writeup:
“CCEP3017 – The Student Services Professional
This course focuses on developing the role of the Student Service Professional at NSCC. You will explore the history of Student Affairs as a partner with Academic Services in supporting student learning. You will apply the student development theories of Astin, Tinto, Chickering and others to specific practices in your work with students. In addition to understanding how professional support staff partner in learning with Academic Services, you will know how student development theory provides a framework for your practice, and you will incorporate evidence based decisions in designing and improving student services.”