When you're considering technology for your lectures, an important and often overlooked aspect is how customizable the product is. Whether it's an engagement tool, an LMS, or a digital textbook, some questions you might ask yourself include:
Tools that measure audience engagement are abundant on the internet — sites like Google Analytics measure how long we spend on a website, which pages pique interest more than others, and what content engages its readers most effectively. But what about in the classroom? Measuring whether you have captured an engaged audience isn't quite so simple.
Boredom – it's a growing problem that's competing with the college curriculum, and one that has given way to a breed of new technologies and educational engagement strategies that claim to evade the classroom of its presence. But a debate has emerged around whether technology is distracting students, is the college undergraduate curriculum too overwhelming given our modern advancements, or is student boredom a symptom of a larger issue facing higher education?
Today's fast-paced innovation is putting pressure on the human brain in more ways now than in all of human history. Our attention spans are shortening, our propensity to multi-task is at an all-time high, and technology designers know exactly how to keep us in an endless loop that's made focusing more difficult than ever.