Keeping students’ attention in introductory courses

How can we keep students’ attention in introductory courses?

Reported by Education Dive, many of our large lecture classes handle the scope of the course the wrong way – going a mile wide and an inch deep. When instead, we can still provide that broad overview of a subject by focusing exclusively on the very most important concepts. And while these large classes often feel most appropriate for a lecture format, we must also remember the reality of the human attention span, and try to shift focus or to an active learning experience every 20 minutes.

The takeaway? Our intro courses are when we have the chance to help make students passionate about a given subject. Let’s bring that same passion and best-practice pedagogy to the course construction itself.

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.