Dr. James Lang has six recommendations in this podcast about how we can better understand student attention and how we can get their attention while we teach – even when teaching online. This important topic will help all of us become better teachers in challenging times.
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Dr. James Lang – Bio as Submitted
James M. Lang is a Professor of English and the Director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA.
He is the author of six books, the most recent of which are Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It (Basic Books, 2020), Small Teaching Online: Applying Science in Online Classes (2019) Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016), and Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013).
Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999.
He has conducted workshops on teaching for faculty at more than a hundred colleges or high schools in the US and abroad, and consulted for the United Nations on the development of teaching materials in ethics and integrity. He has a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in English from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University.
Dr. Lang's Website: www.jamesmlang.com
Dr. Lang's Twitter: @LangOnCourse
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Along the lines of Dr. Lang,
He is completely right about if we, the teachers, are not engaged then what makes us think that our students will be? It is important to make the students feel heard and the way to do that in this online world is to make sure they KNOW they are being heard. Have students input what’s working and not working for them in the world of Zoom and then next time the class meets try to implement some ideas the students had to make the Zoom call better.