This should have been great - Susan Metros, Tracy Mitrano and Carrie Wyndham - and the format was interesting but some of the content was a bit "top of head".
Background: Diana asked if they would present on net gen students but they thought that was soooo 2005 so chose to focus on what happens when those students become staff. It ran as a panel session, with Susan putting questions to the other two to unearth interesting topics. The questions were:
How does higher education compete with corporate entities in recruiting net savvy students/new workers? How do we retain them?
How do we prepare students for “life 2.0” - success in the workplace? What must our curricula look like? Should higher educational institutions either revert back to or initiate new required courses in the law, politics, culture and use of information technology resources?
How do we help the students and recent grads be successful in their new jobs and how do we help them forge career paths in our institutions?
Do our existing general education values map to the needs of a net savvy workforce?
How can we as employers prepare our existing (and more traditional) staff to accept and learn from this new breed of worker? How can we take advantage of their skill sets instead of squelching them?
Is there a place for social collaboration tools in the workplace? Should new workers modify their habits? What are the policy issues when new generation employees share work related information within their blogs, websites, and social collaboration spaces?
How do we navigate the “even finer” line digital tools have drawn between our personal and professional lives; public vs. private?
As a net gen new employee, what are the questions you are afraid to ask your employer?
What do you think about these? Comments welcome? I'll post more about what they said if you are interested - let me know. However, I really wanted to share Tracy's response to the curriculum question cos I felt it was thought provoking. Effectively that the C19th German disciplinary model of curriculum design has run its course and that we need to move away from this constraint as it is no longer sustainable. This could involve taking a global question and letting them construct the curriculum around that, establishing rules of the road through principles of citizenship (digital, ethical, educational). What do you think?