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Gen Z Students

Understanding Gen Z Students

Posted on: March 13, 2020

As Generation Z will continue to make up the core student demographic for the next decade, it's more important than ever for higher education professionals to understand their learning preferences in order to create a more effective and engaging classroom. 

We hope you enjoy this infographic with research from Generation Z: A Century in the Making by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace. You can download the free chapter on which this infographic is based here.

Understanding Gen Z Students Infographic


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1. Information Literacy

With a wealth of information available online, for them, research is lessa bout acquiring new knowledge and more about accessing a quick answer to complete an assignment. They need help to unlearn misinformation and understand that not everything they read online is accurate, safe, and helpful.

2. Appliled Learning

Many indicated that applied learning makes learning enjoyable for them, more than any other factor. They want real-world knowledge and skills that will help them when they enter the workforce.

3. Intrapersonal Learning

Interpersonal learning was one of the least-preferred learning styles, with 25% indicating that it was not an effective learning method at all. Many like the notion of independent learning where they control the timing, pace, and environment.

4. Hybrid Classrooms

Many are social learners and like to learn next to, but not with, others. Hybrid classrooms allow them to engage in self-directed, independent learning lleading up to a handful of in-person sessions with an instructor and other learners.

5. Flipped Learning

A flipped classroom where they can complete assignments ahead of time might give them the opportunity to become more knowledgeable and confident about class content before being asked to participate during class.

6. Learning by Example

They like seeing sample exemplary work, participating in practice sessions, watching demonstrations, and working through example problems with the instructor so they are clear about the expectations of an assignment and feel comfortable attempting to complete it.

7. Video-based Learning

Learning and acquiring new information is one of this generation's primary uses for video-based content. Nearly 90% of Generation Z college students go to YouTube to learn new knowledge.

8. Learning Environments

They prefer a flexible and mixed-use space, in addition to quiet learning environments where they can tune out with headphones. But, their social nature means that they like to be in close proximity with other students to learn, as long as those students aren't distracting.

9. Passionate Educators

Many see their instructors as facilitators who aid in learning instead of experts who impart their wisdom to their students; storytellers, sharing their real-life experiences and brringing the content to life; and caretakers, as they want to feel cared about by the educators in their lives.

Extracted from Generation Z: A Century in the Making by Corey Seemiller and Megan Grace