Utilizing Alternative Programming Formats to Engage Millennials

with Lyndsey Aguilar, Melissa Flowers, Rachel Boaz

About This Course

This presentation will detail the importance of diversifying programming formats to meet the needs of various learners and will provide concrete suggestions for how to design programs aimed towards digitally-savvy and/or overcommitted students. The presentation will conclude with an in-depth description of one of Trinity University’s NASPA Excellence Award-winning programs, the Game of Life, a fun and interactive financial literacy program.

It should come as no surprise to student affairs practitioners to hear that “Millennial or Net Generation students often work in groups, use technology avidly, and combine their academic and social lives,”(Lippincott, 2010). As such, the Council for the Advancement of Standards  (CAS) acknowledges the importance of using “multiple formats, strategies, and contexts” for program delivery and “technology that facilitates learning and development…” (CAS, 2011), yet for some institutions educational programs have not been modified to address the changing needs of today’s college student.

The Residential Life Office at Trinity University has begun supplementing traditional educational events with alternative learning opportunities, including virtual and fast-paced programming. Assessment of these initiatives indicates that students are engaged, entertained, and learning a substantial amount. This presentation will detail the importance of diversifying programming formats to meet the needs of various learners and will provide concrete suggestions for how to design programs aimed towards digitally-savvy and/or overcommitted students. The presentation will conclude with an in-depth description of one of Trinity University’s NASPA Excellence Award-winning programs, the Game of Life, a fun and interactive financial literacy program which students lauded as being “innovative and fun,” “fabulous and eye-opening,” and “completely insightful.”

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will learn about the importance of diversifying programming formats to meet the needs of various learners.
  • Participants will learn how to design programs aimed towards digitally-savvy and/or overcommitted students.
  • Participants will learn how to implement a fun and interactive financial literacy program on their campuses.



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