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Teaching Millennials to Engage THE Environment instead of THEIR Environment: A Pedagogical Analysis
Unformatted Document Text:  Pedagogical Method Perhaps the most important method for getting Millennials to engage with scientific topics is to have them blog about them, and to do so in a collaborative manner. Shelton, Lane and Waldhard pointed out that communication technology, active learning, and team learning were the three principle pedagogical trends in communication theory. 35 Hoag, Jayakar and Erickson defined communication education as “the business of teaching future communication and information professionals how to write, think critically, work in a team environment and effectively utilize communication technology.” 36 Multiple-authored hypertexts (Weblogs) allow the student to write individually and then link his or her individual writing to a larger text; therefore, the student can be evaluated as an individual and as part of a larger group without necessarily having to depend on others, a major concern of students that can lead to disruptive avoidance strategies. 37 Also, the dialogue-oriented nature of hypertext can encourage students to participate in the authorship of the hypertext document by providing multiple points of intersection for the individual discourses. This form of writing lends itself more to a discussion model of discourse, a method that emphasizes many of the characteristics well-suited for understanding complex topics. Brookfield examined discussion models for classroom learning and offered the following fifteen advantages for utilizing discussion-style activities in the classroom: 1. It helps students explore a diversity of perspectives.2. It increases students’ awareness of and tolerance for ambiguity or complexity.3. It helps students recognize and investigate their assumptions. 8

Authors: Stevens, Rick. and Crow, Deserai.
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Pedagogical Method
Perhaps the most important method for getting Millennials to engage with 
scientific topics is to have them blog about them, and to do so in a collaborative manner. 
Shelton, Lane and Waldhard pointed out that communication technology, active learning, 
and team learning were the three principle pedagogical trends in communication theory.
Hoag, Jayakar and Erickson defined communication education as “the business of 
teaching future communication and information professionals how to write, think 
critically, work in a team environment and effectively utilize communication 
Multiple-authored hypertexts (Weblogs) allow the student to write individually 
and then link his or her individual writing to a larger text; therefore, the student can be 
evaluated as an individual and as part of a larger group without necessarily having to 
depend on others, a major concern of students that can lead to disruptive avoidance 
 Also, the dialogue-oriented nature of hypertext can encourage students to 
participate in the authorship of the hypertext document by providing multiple points of 
intersection for the individual discourses.
This form of writing lends itself more to a discussion model of discourse, a 
method that emphasizes many of the characteristics well-suited for understanding 
complex topics. Brookfield examined discussion models for classroom learning and 
offered the following fifteen advantages for utilizing discussion-style activities in the 
1. It helps students explore a diversity of perspectives.
2. It increases students’ awareness of and tolerance for ambiguity or complexity.
3. It helps students recognize and investigate their assumptions.

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