Students are so technology savvy these days. Yet they are not unlike students from the pre-Web 2.0 World. Today I lectured in an introduction level course in hospitality and travel. Just like the students back in Utah, the students straggled in one or two at a time. They greeted Liping casually as they took their seats in the back row. It took several attempts before getting the students to respond to questions that I poised as I started my lecture on an introduction to the Food & Beverage Management. They are so young, they seem to lack any field experience. After I even suggested that if they ate out here then they were knowledgeable regarding the industry. It took a while but I think they reacted to my passion for the lesson and responded. At least no one fell to sleep during my lecture. Either the lecture was interesting or I was too loud to allow them to fall asleep. The second class was in the computer lab so I felt right at home at the computer. I talked to several students before and after class. It would be fun to work with these students . . . they are so young and impressionable. I love this age group.
Dr. Linda Ralston (alias UTourDoctor) teaches at the University of Utah in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Check out my other blogs: