How to Get Your Students Undivided Attention

Are your students facebooking and shopping for shoes in class? Do they tell you that multitasking is possible because they are young and have neuroplasticity? Not so fast.

Take a look at some of the science behind why multitasking will affect your ability to learn and perform

You will have to read through to page 2 to get to the science, but essentially, multitasking in class hurts students ability to learn and perform in class and on tests. The article contains good advice for faculty. Show students this research, explain the effects of technology distraction while learning and ask that they put the tech away unless you are requiring them to use it. For students, use delayed gratification while studying. Go for 15 minutes without checking texts or social media. Allow your attention to be completely focused on the task at hand. As you practice this, you will find the time extends further out between technology breaks, even when you are using technology to study.

Happy Learning!


Digital Citizenship in a Nutshell

Help your students understand their digital identity and appropriate boundaries for technology. Some ideas include making your own acceptable use policy together, exploring online privacy, their own personal brand, digital communication and etiquette.

Why is everyone flipping over education?

and what is flipped learning? Take a look at this short and very useful video about flipped learning. You will find out that flipped learning is not new, is based on research (if done correctly), and can be easy and fun. The chunking and questioning strategy outlined in the presentation will work ONLY if you write your questions at the application level or higher on blooms taxonomy. For example, instead of asking students to define terms just to make sure they watched the videos, ask students to use the information in a new way or make an argument why a statement is correct. For example, when teaching about the parts of the ankle in an anatomy class, ask the students multiple choice questions that include a scenario.

A fifteen year old female soccer player experiences an eversion sprain of her right (dominant) ankle during a game….

The choices should include some common misconceptions for distractors. In class, the discussion of why the distractors are incorrect can be pure gold and can be a good way to review the material instead of passive lecture.

View the Recording: Select the “Playback” Option once you click on the link:

Dr. Julie Schell from the University of Texas at Austin does a great job of debunking the some flipping myths…
flipping myths

Get ready for the new school year   has great information and great tests you can do in private such as the self compassion test Self-compassion: laptop
Perfectionistic? Hard on yourself? Rate your level of self-compassion from the website of Kristin Neff, PhD, creator of the validated self-compassion scale.

Rachel Remen gave a talk at the American Association of Medical Colleges last year on how to recapture your whole heart in medicine

I just finished the Brene Brown book Daring Greatly.  It is a very powerful description of her research into how to become connected and whole hearted.  For a short video on what the book is about check out her Ted Talk:  Twenty minutes could change the way you look at yourself, your students, your family and possible the world.

MOOCS may be slipping away…

Bad news for MOOCs (massive open online courses)

This enlightening article highlights the difficulties with MOOCS and in my opinion, highlights the reason why online courses struggle. The reason? Lack of systematic instructional design. The ADDIE process is just an acronym for steps taken in a process. Real instructional design must follow a robust model that includes analysis and evaluation, the beginning and end steps that most people miss as well as inclusion of instructional strategies. Choice of strategies need to be based in research literature as well as appropriate for the learner. Find more information about the Morrison, Ross & Kemp model of instructional design here:

Tips for Lecture Capture

Campus technology AV Specialist Michael David Leiboff shares information about successfuly lecture capture and design of spaces utilizing the technology.  Of particular interest is his suggestion to follow the Khan Academy model of short videos produced by faculty members using small spaces set up for accoustically acceptable recordings.  Ideas for spaces such as faculty offices and conference rooms are suggested.  I would go one step further in recommending faculty have access to portable equipment to take home.  A surface pro or tablet PC equipped with Camtasia would work well for faculty willing to learn the moderately easy to use software for creating annotated recordings like these: