The Distracted Classroom

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 pedagogical use in his British literature course, and he identifies principles that can be helpful in determining how to help students overcome distractions to focus on active and engaged learning.

For additional information, please see our research review on electronic devices and attention in the classroom, as well as our recommendations for setting classroom policies on such devices. If you would like to discuss this topics as they pertain to your course, contact us to make an appointment.