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Table 1 Characteristics of college-aged Millennials

From: Smart education framework

Digitally literate

Millennials are digitally literate


Millennials are able to multitask rather than do a single task. They can move quickly from one task to another

Prefer visual media over text

Millennials prefer visual media over text. They are relatively poor in text literacy

Prefer internet search over library search

Millennials prefer internet search over library search


Millennials stay connected. They crave connectivity


Millennials require fast responses. They have a sense of immediacy


Millennials are experiential. Therefore, they prefer learning by doing rather than by being told what to do

Social and team player

Millennials are social and often prefer to learn and work in teams


Millennials are very achievement-oriented

Interactivity and engagement

Millennials require interactivity and engagement from learning environments. Otherwise, they lose focus