Guest Lecture on Mental Revolution in Teaching and Learning for the Z Generation in Big Data Era by Prof. Dr. Nyoman S. Degeng, M.Pd
Department of Language Education (DLE), Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS), Universitas Brawijaya (UB), holds a Guest Lecture on Monday (23/April/2018) with the theme ‘Mental Revolution in Teaching and Learning for the Z Generation in Big Data Era’ at the Hall of FCS A Building 2nd floor. The speaker of this guest lecture is Prof. Dr. Nyoman S. Degeng, M.Pd, a professor from State University of Malang. The Dean of FCS, Prof. Dr. Agus Suman, S.E., DEA., opens the guest lecture. He welcomes this event as there should be a good relationship between both universities as both have Language Education Department.
Degeng opens his presentation by giving a brief explanation on mental revolution. “Mental revolution is the changes in the mental of the generations,” he says. All components teaching and learning have changed. “There are five components, the volume which is unlimited. We can get anything we want. The speed is even beyond the limit that anything is outdated easier that there will be junk knowledge. Even the variety of data is mentioned which leads to the characteristics of it, that is transitory, easy come, easy go. And all of them are temporary, change in seconds,” he explained. Those components lead to the change of behavior in searching and recording information, from paper to computer. “The newest one is big data, where we are flooded by the information. It’s a new competence where people actively reduce the information. They are searching and deleting information fast,” Degeng says.
He further explains the Z Generation, who were born around 1990s to 2010. “Z Generation, or Digital Native, are the intelligent technology creative generation, connected to the unlimited global life,” he says. This generation changes the structure of the world, spends more time on smartphones, and accesses YouTube and social media much. Z generation is the self-starter. They do new things as their professions to build their identities. “They start business from their own power, and they believe that hobbies can be their main professions,” he continues. There will be a tendency that they do not need schools anymore since they can self-study by the help of technology.