Tidewater Community College
What’s New in College and Career
Dr. Marsha Fralick
Ice Breaker
Life Stories
Use this exercise in your class for
introductions or appreciating
• Classroom exercises for engaging
students in learning
• What’s new in the 4th edition?
• New resources for faculty
• Using technology to engage the
New Millennial student
• Improving retention and success
• Sharing your creative ideas
What’s New in
the 4th Edition?
Resources for Faculty
• Instructor Manual
• Exercises and Handouts
• Syllabus
• Research
• PowerPoint
• Internet Links
How to Choose a Career
• Job jar activity
A Skill Needed for
College Success
Why is the world flat?
Three Great Eras of
• 1492 Columbus set sail to find new
trade routes
• the earth is round
• 1880-2000 Industrial Revolution
• Railways, highways and
communication makes the world
Globalization 3.0
• Began in 2000
• Convergence of the computer and
fiber optic cable that enables
global collaboration and
• The flat world
Rapid Change
• Berlin Wall fell in 1990
• World Wide Web created in 1991
• Windows, Netscape and Internet
Explorer invented 1995
• Google invented 1998
• iPhone invented 2007
New Question
• Where do I as an individual fit into
the global competition and
opportunities of the day, and how
can I, on my own, collaborate with
others globally?
• Outsourcing is changing the way
we do business.
Skills Needed for the Flat
Computer skills
Learn how to learn
Intrinsic motivation
People skills
• Passion and curiosity
• Being able to navigate
the virtual world
• Be a good adapter,
synthesizer and
• Appreciation of
New Millennials
• Our current college students were born
after 1990
• Most were born with a computer in the
home and were using them by age 5
• Cyber generation
• The connected generation
• 82% are online daily
• Average 12 hours per week online
Being in the Millennial Generation, I did start
using computers as a young child. I learned
how to spell with the help of computers and
how to read with computerized books.
Computers have always been a part of my life,
which is probably why I am so drawn to them.
Dawn Cardenas
College Success Student
These New Millennial
students are now being
Generation E
• What does the “E” stand for?
New Millennials or
Generation E
• 18-30 years old
• Empowered
• Entitled
• Electronic
• Leading change from
paper to electronic media
Introduce yourself.
Where are you in the
technology continuum?
• Baby boomer 1946-1964
• Generation X 1965-1977
• New Millennials 1977-1995
• Generation Z (Zippies) comes next
• How much technology did
you use in college?
• Most college courses, especially
upper division courses, have online
• Working in an online environment is
essential for high paying careers.
• Students are disadvantaged if they
do not have access to the Internet
and are skilled in using it.
Rationale for Using Technology
• It prepares students for good
paying jobs in the flat world
• Improved retention and success
• New roles for faculty
• Your students use it
• It captures their attention
• Education any time or place
Course Choices
• Face to Face
• 22 sections
• Blended
• 22 sections
• Online
• 12 sections
Take a Look
Online and Hybrid Courses
• Visit my class on Blackboard
• Directions for logging in under
Faculty Resources and Online
Courses at my website
• Request a Zip file if interested
Improving Student Retention and
What is the dream that
students have when they
begin college?
The American Dream
• Get a degree
• Get a better job
• Improve the quality of life
• Increase self-respect
• Be the best you can be
The Reality
• What Happens?
• After 8 years, only 53% of those
seeking degrees achieved their goals.
• 40-50% of the students don’t even
return the next semester.
• 6 out of 10 transfer students give up
their plans or drop out in one
semester. Sources: Achieving the Dream website,
PACE Research
How can we help college
students be successful?
• Think
• Pair
• Share
Your Expectations
• Expect students to read the
chapters before they come to
• Change the focus from lecture to
engaging students in learning with
discussion and activities.
The Critical First 2 Weeks
• How can you help students get
started during the first 2 weeks?
The first day of class
is also critical
• Most of your students will attend
first day.
• It is an opportunity to impact
student success and retention.
What should you do
on the first day?
The first day is
the most important
• Make your expectations clear
• The course syllabus
• Get to know your students and
help them to meet other students
• Do something that motivates
students on the first day
Ice Breaker Questions
Some Instruction
Strategies for Improving
Think, Pair, Share
• Think about one of your favorite
• How were you motivated to be
successful in this course?
You can motivate by fear.
And you can motivate by
reward. But both of these
methods are only
temporary. The only
lasting thing is selfmotivation.
Homer Rice, Football
What enhances selfmotivation?
From Barbara Gross, Tools for Teaching
Frequent, Early Feedback
• Supports the student’s belief that
they can do well
Share Good Work
• Share samples of good work done
in class.
Challenge Students
• Not too easy
• Not too difficult
• Students have to believe success
is possible (self-efficacy)
• Provide early opportunities for
Personal Value and
• Help students find this in whatever
you are teaching
How is it relevant?
• Give examples of how it is relevant
• Relate new ideas to previously
learned ones
• Open and positive
• Involve students in learning
Reward Success
• Positive feedback is powerful.
• It builds self-confidence,
competence and self-esteem.
• If performance is weak, let the
students know that they can
improve and how they can do it.
Negative Feedback
• Focus on the task, not the person
• Balance with positive statements
about what was good
Feel Valued
• Help students to feel like they are
a valued member of a learning
Quiz Students Frequently
• Give frequent feedback on how
well students are learning the
• Short quizzes and frequent small
assignments are best
Powerful Tools
• Weekly Schedule
• Schedule Analysis
• New: The One Hour Project
Factors influencing motivation
• Active involvement of students
• Variety
• Rapport between teacher and
• Use of concrete examples
Share Your Creative Ideas
• Questions?
• Evaluation forms
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