212507 Meeting the challenges of teaching multiple generations in the same classroom: Boomers, Gen X, Millennials and more

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:30 PM

Lisa Sullivan, PhD , Department of Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Diverse, mixed aged classrooms offer students opportunities to learn from their peers but present complicated challenges for instructors. Students' learning styles and expectations vary as widely as their experiences and backgrounds. Effective instructors must blend these diverse individual needs into a coherent course that engages students with real and relevant examples and motivates them to master concepts and skills. This presentation will focus on learning that is interactive and experiential, encourages reflection, and creates opportunities for synthesis. Understanding our students' unique needs is critical in designing successful learning experiences.

Learning Objectives:
Compare and contrast distinct learning styles and expectations among different generations. Explore effective teaching techniques for multi-generational classes.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics Boston University School of Public Health Associate dean for Education Boston University School of Public Health Awards ASPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence 2008 Boston University School of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 Boston University Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching 2001 Boston University School of Public Health Norman A Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching 2000 Textbooks D’Agostino RB, Sullivan LM and Beiser A (2004): Introductory Applied Biostatistics. Duxbury – Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA. Sullivan LM (2007): Essentials of Biostatistics for Public Health. Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, MA.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.