The Most Important Skill that Higher Ed is Failing to Teach

10:00AM - 10:45AM
Ohio Staters, Inc. Traditions Room

Thread: Learning Environments

Managing digital distraction may be the most important skill that colleges are failing to teach undergraduate students. Digital distraction impedes student learning and performance, undermines their work performance, and even stresses their intimate relationships. Because many faculty: 1) did not have a smartphone in college, and 2) are really bad at managing digital distraction themselves, they do not have the strategies and skills to teach their students or neglect its importance. This session will include a discussion of digital distraction, its effects on student performance and personal lives, and several tips on managing digital distraction that will be useful to students (and the rest of us). Practical tips for delivering the content to students will be discussed, as well as student uptake in an in-person and online course.