Tag: Attention

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Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class

October 26, 2017 | Julia Johnson

Improving Teaching and Learning / Pinned

In the article “Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class” from the Chronicle of Higher Education, James M. Lang provides four strategies for immediately engaging students in your course material. These four strategies—opening with a question, asking students what they learned during the previous class, revisiting prior knowledge and low-stakes writing assignments—can be […]

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The Distracted Classroom

August 1, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Digital Pedagogies / Pinned

In a three-part series of columns on The Chronicle of Higher Education, James  M. Lang  (professor of English and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College) reflects on the implications of research on modern sources of distraction–most particularly electronic devices. This week, he describes his own efforts to put such devices to […]

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Students reading on their laptops

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Does Reading on Computer Screens Affect Student Learning?

July 13, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Pinned / Research on Teaching and Learning

A recent article, “Does Reading on Computer Screens Affect Student Learning?,” in The Chronicle of Higher Education* raises questions on how reading on screens may be impacting student engagement with the material. Studies cited focus on student attention and retention of information. The article includes some of the perks of online texts, such as hyperlinks and lower costs, as […]

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Evidence Assertion Slide Example from Michael Alley's Craft of Scientific Presentations website

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In PowerPoint, It’s the Headline that Makes the Difference

June 16, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Evidence-Based Strategies / Research on Teaching and Learning

PowerPoint and teaching – love it or hate it – is a prevalent combination in our classrooms. We all have seen the default slide format: a short, topical title with a bullet list of text and/or a figure underneath. But is this the best format for your students learning? That is the question that the […]

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smart phone, tablet

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Media Multi-Tasking: Effects on Students’ Attention

September 11, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff

Research on Teaching and Learning

Does multi-tasking improve or impair attention? The findings of a laboratory-based study (reviewed below) illuminate the relationship between the use of devices and the potential for distraction. The researchers in this study set out to test whether undergraduates who are “heavy media multi-taskers” might have an improved ability, relative to peers who are “light media multi-taskers,” to filter […]

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Laptop Use in Class: Effects on Learning and Attention

August 22, 2015 | Beth Fisher

Research on Teaching and Learning

As instructors, we may wonder if laptop use helps or hinders learning in our classrooms. We may find ourselves on the fence—understanding that some students prefer to type their notes, but then wondering whether students are paying attention and staying engaged, and whether their laptop use may be distracting others. Two classroom-based studies (discussed below) suggest that […]

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