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Presented at Innovation in Pedagogy and Technology Symposium, University of Nebraska, May 8, 2018.


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First Name: Toni

Last Name: Hill

Department: Family Studies

Campus: UNK


Phone: 3088658232

Track: Pedagogy and Instructional Design

Title: Associate Professor

Session Type: Formal Presentation

Session Title: Five Generations: Preparing Multiple Generations of Learners for a Multi-generational


Availability: Anytime


1. Olimpia Leite-Trambly, Instructional Design Specialist,

University of Nebraska at Kearney, eCampus, Communications Center, Room #213, Kearney NE 68849 308.865.8503 office, 308.865.8090 fax,

2. Sharon Obasi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Family Studies, Assistant Program Director, Early Childhood and Family Advocacy, University of Nebraska Kearney

West Center 153, Kearney 68849-2130, Office:(308) 865-8225, email:

3. Toni Hill, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Family Studies, Program Director, Early Childhood and Family Advocacy, University of Nebraska at Kearney, West Center, 149 W, Kearney, NE 68849-2130 Office: 308-865-8232 email:

Presentation Abstract:

For the first time ever, we have five generations working simultaneously in the workforce. This diversity provides unique opportunities and challenges for employers and managers. Oftentimes before this diverse workforce enters employment, universities and colleges were charged with preparing and educating them.

Unlike online teaching, traditional teaching with reading assignments and paper-pencil tests may lend itself better to educating a generationally diverse student group. Online teaching multiple generations is more challenging especially when attempting to encompass several generations of diverse learners. Instructors must

consider and include both the digital native and the digital novice or digital immigrant when designing instructional and assessment material. Instructors may have a student with a dozen or more devices and another student with only one “dumb” phone. Additionally, instructors need to consider issues of accessibility and

equity in designing instructional and assessment materials across multiple generations. Current research on the characteristics of the five generations of employees includes an examination of education values, communication style, and motivation across the generations. This presentation will demonstrate how instructors

can use the intergenerational workforce research to effectively design an intergenerational-inclusive online course.


1. Attendees will review intergenerational workforce research as related to online learners.

2. Attendees will review research related to online learners, digital natives, and digital novices/immigrants.

3. Attendees will explore the development of an intergenerationally-inclusive online course.

Suggested Audience: Faculty

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