How to engage distracted students

How can we engage distracted students?

Reported by EdSurge, a new book by Dr. James Lang, “Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It” offers some research-backed suggestions. One critical one?  That doing “anything” for a long time increases attention-fatigue. Whether it’s a 75-minute lecture or a 75-minute discussion, the problem isn’t as much the modality as the length.

The takeaway? Perhaps we spend too much time focused on creating the course content, the “what” we want our students to learn, and not enough time focused on the “how” required for true learning engagement to take place.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.