Online learning fills a vital role in the modern education landscape. The benefits include opportunities for adult learners, people in areas where access to traditional learning is limited or nonexistent, young women who live in areas where gender issues restrict access to education, and many more. While online learning opens the doors to education for numerous people, it does not guarantee that the course is a quality learning experience.
Addressing generational differences in course design is an important, yet challenging task for instructional designers. In theory, design for younger learners is less complex than design for mixed-age adult learners. Much has been written comparing Baby Boomers to Millennials; however, today's secondary schools are not filled with millennials. These students are from Generation Z (also known as post-millennials, iGeneration, Homeland generation).
Each year, the Samford Office of Online and Professional Studies department hosts a special workshop called Innovate. This year, our Innovate 2019 keynote speaker presented Dee Fink's Creating Significant Learning Experiences (Fink, 2013)