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YouTube and Generation Z Learning

YouTube isn’t just for funny cat videos. As members of Generation Z began to enter law schools across the country, legal educators must be prepared to leverage this ubiquitous platform to engage the newest generation of law students. One article from Pearson, an educational technology company, points out that YouTube is Generation’s Z top learning method, and that 47% of Gen Z members spend three or more hours a day on the service. The same article claims that 55% of Generation Z members say that YouTube has contributed to their education or personal learning in the last year.

A search on YouTube shows that law schools and law students are posting videos to YouTube at a brisk pace. There are probably hundreds of videos of student experiences at law school. And many colleges of law use YouTube to post marketing materials and videos from talks or conferences. But what is much less apparent is the use of YouTube for actual law learning. With Generation Z’s strong preference for YouTube, or video learning in general, perhaps into the future we will be seeing more substantive law videos that can really contribute to law student learning.

Generation Z and Mental Health

The legal professional is taking mental health concerns seriously. As law schools prepare to welcome more and more students from Generation Z, educators and administrators will need to understand the mental health needs of this newest cohort of students. Three recent studies address this issue. Highlights from these studies show that:

  • Generation Z youth are concerned about gun violence, especially mass shootings and school shootings.
  • Compared with Millennials and Gen Xers, Generation Z is more likely to report mental health problems and to seek help. 37% report having received mental health treatment, a higher percentage than any other generation.
  • Work, money and health-related concerns are sources of stress for Generation Z.
  • 70% of Generation Z see anxiety and depression as a major problem for their peers.
  • Compared with all other generations, Generation Z are the loneliest. Feelings of loneliness are connected with poor physical health, sleep patterns, and amount of face-to-face contact with others. Social media use was not correlated with loneliness.

The three studies are:

 

Tomorrow at Noon – Yoga in the Quiet Room

Join us Tuesday, April 23rd at NOON for Yoga in the Quiet Room. This class is for all levels, beginners welcome! Please bring a yoga mat or towel.

 

Yoga in the Quiet Room 4/10 @ 5:15p

Join us for Yoga in the Quiet Room this Wednesday, April 10th at 5:15p. The Quiet Room is located in the Learning Commons of the library. This class is for all levels, beginners welcome! Please bring a yoga mat or towel.

Gen Z Students in Law School

A forthcoming article from Laura P. Graham, legal writing director at Wake Forest School of Law, looks at our newest cohort of law school students. Generation Z Goes to Law School: Teaching and Reaching Law Students in the Post-Millennial Generation will appear in a 2019 issue of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review and is available to download through SSRN.

In the article, Graham considers these and other issues:

  • Salient traits of Generation Z students: their diversity, financial conservatism, insecurities and anxiety, and their likelihood of being “helicopter parented.”
  • Learning characteristics of Generation Z students: technology saturation, challenges with critical thinking, reading and writing.
  • Generation Z students’ desire for face-to-face communication generally, coupled with a preference for working alone in a classroom setting.
  • Suggestions for incorporating more critical reading opportunities in law school, and advocating for critical writing across the curriculum.
  • Collaborative work ideas and suggestions for promoting mindfulness and self-care for law students.