Designing Effective Teaching Techniques by Measuring Student Attention Spans

January 30, 2015 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Room 2003, Osgoode Hall Law School

How long can you reasonably expect your students to sustain attention in the classroom? One common belief is that the typical student’s attention span is about 10 to 15 minutes long. However, it is discovered that classroom attention is not as linear as previously thought and is actually impacted by various factors throughout the duration of a class.

This workshop explores the attention span of a typical student by presenting several interesting studies made on student attention. According to these studies, sustained attention varies widely, and the quality of attention depends, among others factors, on the time of day, motivation, emotion, and enjoyment. Instructors/TAs may have to use a variety of strategies to increase student attention during class, and some of these strategies may be known to them, but have been undermined or not used to their full potential.

The workshop involves active learning and requires participants to engage in discussions regarding their experiences with student attention. They may share their teaching techniques on how to measure attention and keep students engaged in class.

Facilitated by: Irma Spahiu, Senior Teaching Assistant and PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School