STEM instructors are dealing with disengaged students, many of whom have mental health challenges as well as learning gaps. Instructors have compassion fatigue and are trying to teach Gen Z the same way they learned — to disappointing results. This video will help you come away with a better understanding of why Gen Z is different, how to approach Gen Z in the classroom, and practical tips to take care of your own health and well-being.

Watch Dr. Julie M. Albright, Digital Sociologist at USC, present how Digital Media Impacts Gen Z Student Engagement & Mental Health followed by a Q&A session with our Senior Director of Global Marketing, Hilary Pennington.

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Dr. Julie M. Albright
Digital Sociologist

Dr. Julie Albright is a sociologist specializing in digital culture and communications. She has a Master's Degree in Social and Systemic Studies from Nova Southeastern University and a Dual Doctorate in Sociology and Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. Dr. Albright is currently a lecturer in the departments of Applied Psychology and Engineering at USC, where she teaches master’s level courses on the Psychology of Interactive Technologies and Sustainable Infrastructure. Dr. Albright’s research has focused on the growing intersection of technology and social/behavioral systems. She was the co-PI and project lead for the behavioral component of a $121 million smart grid demonstration project with the LA Department of Water and Power, the USC Information Sciences Institute, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and UCLA, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. She is also a sought-after keynote speaker for her insights and has given talks for major data center and energy conferences including SAP for Utilities, IBM Global, Data Center Dynamics, and the Department of Defense. She has appeared as an expert on national media including the Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR Radio, and many others.




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