Proving that cell phones and attentive listening don’t mix

Happy New Year from the Faculty Center!

Here’s a great piece to kick off the spring semester: The Age of Distraction: getting students to put away their phones and focus on learning

Faculty Focus blogger Maryellen Weimer proposes the following experiment for an early class:

I’m wondering if you could give a presentation in class and five minutes before the class ends distribute or post a list of the five or six essential points made. Students could check their notes, or you could have students trade notes so that someone else is doing the checking, and see how many of those points they had. Now some students may miss a few of the points because they aren’t all that good at taking notes, but were some of the students who missed most (all) of the points also texting or surfing during class? Encourage them to ask themselves the question and to look honestly at the evidence revealed by their notes.

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