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Educating the Net Generation The Net Generation has grown up with information technology. The aptitudes, attitudes, expectations, and learning styles of Net Gen students reflect the environment in which they were raised—one that is decidedly different from that which existed when faculty and administrators were growing up.

This collection explores the Net Gen and the implications for institutions in areas such as teaching, service, learning space design, faculty development, and curriculum. Contributions by educators and students are included. The printed book is available through

Diana G. Oblinger and James L. Oblinger, Editors
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Diana G. Oblinger and James L. Oblinger, Editors
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2. Is It Age or IT: First Steps Toward Understanding the Net Generation
by Diana Oblinger, EDUCAUSE, and James Oblinger, North Carolina State University
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3. Technology and Learning Expectations of the Net Generation
by Greg Roberts, University of Pittsburgh–Johnstown
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4. Using Technology as a Learning Tool, Not Just the Cool New Thing
by Ben McNeely, North Carolina State University
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5. The Student's Perspective
by Carie Windham, North Carolina State University
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6. Preparing the Academy of Today for the Learner of Tomorrow
by Joel Hartman, Patsy Moskal, and Chuck Dziuban, University of Central Florida
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7. Convenience, Communications, and Control: How Students Use Technology
by Robert Kvavik, ECAR and University of Minnesota
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8. The Real Versus the Possible: Closing the Gaps in Engagement and Learning
by Judith Ramaley, University of Maine, and Lee Zia, National Science Foundation
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9. Curricula Designed to Meet 21st-Century Expectations
by Alma Clayton-Pedersen and Nancy O'Neill, Association of American Colleges and Universities
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10. Support Services for the Net Generation
by James Wager, The Pennsylvania State University
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11. Faculty Development for the Net Generation
by Anne Moore, John Moore, and Shelli Fowler, Virginia Tech
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12. Learning Spaces
by Malcolm Brown, Dartmouth College
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13. Net Generation Students and Libraries
by Joan Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information
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14. The New Academy
by Carole Barone, EDUCAUSE
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15. Planning for Neomillennial Learning Styles: Implications for Investments in Technology and Faculty
by Chris Dede, Harvard University
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What People Are Saying...

"This e-book offers an insightful look into the way today's students think about and use technology in their academic and social lives. It will help institutional leaders help their students to become more successful and satisfied."
John Hitt, President, University of Central Florida

"Educating the Net Generation illuminates a topic most of us in higher education are wrestling with: Today's students are different; they're much more technosavvy in their lives, but they still like personal contact. Both can be accommodated with the thoughtful use of technology in learning. Anyone interested in providing the best education possible can use this as a first step in reflecting on what the Net Generation means for their campus."
Karen Holbrook, President, The Ohio State University

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