Learning Strategies to Engage Millennials
Millennials choose to learn in new and different ways. Context is more important than content. Context requires more data than just your own; it is broad. However, learners can see results in a broader content. Content, on the other hand, requires only your own data, and is focused. Most millennials rely on social media and Google to access information, share knowledge, ideas, insights, discuss challenges, and receive advice and feedback. It is important to build and develop training content as well as a learning environment that includes technology and methodologies of informal learning and collaborative learning. This enable learners to collaborate, and work, in groups to build an active learning community.
Strategies to engage millennials include:
- Providing introductory topics to familiarize learners with what they will learn about.
- Providing learners opportunities to think, rethink, and self-evaluate their understanding through written exercises.
- Including reflective, open-ended questions so learners can build on their knowledge.
- Offering opportunities for learners to express their thoughts, opinions, and ideas.
- Offer a variety of learning styles and methods throughout the course content.
- Provide information in short increments.
- Providing learners with trending information (content that can be used in the “here and now”).
- Providing learners with an expectation checklist or accountability tool.