The ‘Internet Class’ – Here They Come

Since 1998, Beloit College has been releasing the Mindset List. It’s a look at cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives of incoming students. The class of 2015 is about to join our campus community. Most of the students entering this Fall were born in 1993. That’s the year the Mosaic browser was released by NCSA . I remember this well. We had to setup Winsocks on many of the library computers at the University of Pittsburgh where I was working. But first, we had to open up the box (computer) to install Ethernet cards 🙂

The class of 2015 students have always lived in a world where to ‘be online’ was an option. From their point of view, dial-up is so last century and music has always been available via free downloads.  More telling for me about about changes in cultural mindsets regarding students currently on campus are a few entries from the 2014 Mindset List. These inlcude (1) Few in the class know how to write in cursive, (2) Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail and (19) They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.

The library regularly holds workshops or purchases access to resources that can help you to keep up with the sea of change around us. The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) regularly has programs for graduate students, postdocs and faculty in their first floor Baker Library facility. Next week two library workshops are offered at DHMC on using EndNote to manage citations and finding full text articles. And just in time for the new Fall term, the Teacher(s): Educational Technologies Team has workshops scheduled on the new blackboard 9.1.

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