How do we now define “Learner”?

Today’s learners have a different relationship with both information and learning than previous generations, due to their access to the Internet and computer-driven technologies. These learners go by the descriptions of “Net-generation” learners, “Millennial students”, “Generation-Y” and “Digital Natives”. The traits of today’s learners include being skilled multi-taskers, gravitating toward group activities, being at ease with racial and ethnical diversity, and intensely craving social interactivity. While traditional learners from the 19th Century preferred working on single, limited tasks, learning with text as main display of information, appreciated linear, logical and sequential structure and learned independently and individually, the learner of the 21st Century can multitask on several learning possibilities, prefers pictures, sound and video as main source of information and learns interactively through networking (Rodgers, M. et al., 2006).


About Monique

I am a PGCE student at the University of Pretoria. I completed my BA Degree in Education and Psychology in 2011. I like going to the movies and taking long walks on the beach......

One thought on “How do we now define “Learner”?

  1. That is very true. Very critical life skills are now learnt at an early age, which greatly enhances intelligence, but it also comes with dangers of its own… Learners today crave social interactivity, and in its pursuit they might easily lose their own character

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