Gen Z Takeover: How the newest generation is changing higher ed

educationdive | April 15, 2020

Generation Z is here. Like the millennials before them, their unique behaviors and preferences are forcing colleges to change. Many of these current and prospective students are wary of taking on debt, inclined toward tech-based learning tools and are more likely than past generations to use mental health services.  In this article series, we look at how Gen Z is impacting colleges and the higher education sector as a whole. A considerable number of traditional-age learners are favoring colleges with flexible, remote degree options over residential campuses.

Spotlight

The power of gaming in the modern world is truly awe-inspiring. Each year, the gaming industry breaks all of its own records and metrics. From growth in sales to the broadening of its players’ demographics, digital games have become a phenomenon of epic proportions. Now, many educational researchers, practitioners, and pundits have made the case for the use of digital games as potentially powerful learning tools.Digital games are highly interactive forms of media
that put players in control of their own experiences.
The subject matter and storylines present in
games are quite diverse, allowing virtually any type
of academic content to be explored or skill to be
mastered. They provide constant feedback and
allow players to learn through both their successes
and failures.

Spotlight

The power of gaming in the modern world is truly awe-inspiring. Each year, the gaming industry breaks all of its own records and metrics. From growth in sales to the broadening of its players’ demographics, digital games have become a phenomenon of epic proportions. Now, many educational researchers, practitioners, and pundits have made the case for the use of digital games as potentially powerful learning tools.Digital games are highly interactive forms of media
that put players in control of their own experiences.
The subject matter and storylines present in
games are quite diverse, allowing virtually any type
of academic content to be explored or skill to be
mastered. They provide constant feedback and
allow players to learn through both their successes
and failures.

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