Teaching Ergonomics to a New Generation (Z)

Presenters: Richard F. Sesek, associate professor, and Robert E. Thomas professor emeritus, Auburn University

Ergonomic training professionals in academia and industry are currently faced with a common challenge. Specifically, communication with younger students and employees born after 1995 and referred to by demographers as “Generation Z.” Generation Z individuals are generally defined as those born during the period 1995-2010. They adopt different learning strategies than their millennial predecessors.

Drs. Sesek and Thomas recognized these differences in the 2012-13-time period when the first students from Generation Z began appearing in their classes at Auburn University. Traditional instruction approaches have been modified substantially over the past five years and have proven to be quite effective. These experiences will be shared during the webinar.

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