In the age of smartphones and on-demand media, students’ attention spans have severely dwindled. Research shows that the average attention span is eight to 10 minutes, which doesn’t bode well for traditional 90-minute lectures. So what can educators do if their students aren’t focusing well or absorbing the majority of the course content? In her article for Faculty Focus, Illysa Izenberg suggests taking advantage of short attention spans by creating eight-minute lectures that include “natural breaks,” where interactive elements such as videos, images, or other media replace lectured content. In following this model, Izenberg discovered a resurgence in student focus. How do you structure your classes or training sessions to win the attention of your learners?
The Eight-Minute Lecture
Oct 02, 2015