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Understanding the Mindset of the Modern Student: Sonic Foundry Webinar

September 24, 2013

Have you had a “Mindset Moment”? For the past 15 years, the Mindset List, published by the Beloit College duo Ron Nief and Tom McBride, has successfully evoked many ah-ha moments.  The beauty of the Mindset List is in the moment the reader has an awareness that demonstrates even the slightest difference of personal reference compared to generational reference.

Nief and McBride encourage instructors to use the list to create an awareness of the generational gap that often skews an instructor’s reference point when introducing new information.  McBride states, “If we (educators) make assumptions about what they (students) already know, and make analogies and references based on that, we will be leaving them in the dust… It is for commonsensical reasons … that we use the Mindset list.”

The list usually reminds readers of historical people, modern processes, and evolving technology that has always been a part of the target generation’s repertoire.  The 2002 list states, “The expression ‘you sound like a broken record’ means nothing to them.” The 2017 list also has a musical association, “Eminem and LL Cool J could show up at parents’ weekend.”  I’m not sure about you, but I am envisioning Arsenio Hall saying, “Things that make you go Hmmmm…”

Link to the Mindset list:

Link to a guide for using the Mindset list:

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