Marie-Hélène Budworth

Associate Professor of Human Resource Management, specializing in learning, development & motivation.

Marie-Hélène Budworth

A new academic year

September 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Today was the first day on campus at York University.  Each year I am reminded of how long ago I first began my undergraduate studies.  When I first starting teaching, I used to be mistaken for a student; now there is no question among my students.  I am no longer one of them.  I do not have the same vocabulary, values, abilities, or interests.  

One of the most striking shifts that has occurred on university campuses over the last decade is the prevalence of the use of technology for communication and social connection.  I am amazed at how much our students share information using technology.  The connection with one another and access to the internet, of course, has given our students unprecedented access.  I know this is not news to anyone, but I think it has important implications for learning and development that we are yet to explore.  I am particularly interested in how individuals who are so proficient at independent research will function under traditional models of learning and development within organizations.  I am curious about what types of developmental opportunities will be interesting to them and which ones they will value.  How do we develop employees that are about to rushed into the workforce en masse?


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