Profs on Screens

Matthew Morgenstern shared the above cartoon on Facebook, while Tim Bulkeley wrote a blog post about increasing the number of videos of scholars speaking. I’d like to see even more use of animation and other elements that would make the videos of us speaking more interesting.
But I’m not sure that putting ourselves on screens as scholars will keep students from being distracted by the little screens they have with them. Often people who obsessively check their phone aren’t even sure why they are doing it. And so we need not just good videos (although I am obviously in favor of that, as I have made some myself and will be making more this summer), but also the teaching of good habits of focus.


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  • Tim Bulkeley

    I doubt videos of scholars talking about their research would drag people away from their phones, but whether watched on phones or in class might help them understand that scholarship is an activity of real people, that it involves evidence, argument and so on… I think Jacob Wright’s use of the clips in his MOOC does this very well.