Tools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes

Posted in Teaching on April 27th, 2015 by steve

USA“For students taking courses online, the endless distractions of the Internet can be a hindrance to success. But using software to limit those diversions can make a big difference. That’s the takeaway from a new study …” (more)

[Casey Fabris, Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 April]

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The In-Between Times

Posted in Life on December 10th, 2014 by steve

USA“The average day of a teacher-scholar without administrative responsibilities is largely unstructured. With the exceptions of teaching times, office hours, and a slate of irregular meetings, how and when a faculty member works is largely left up to the individual …” (more)

[Nate Kreuter, insidehighered, 10 December]

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Caught in the Web?

Posted in Life on November 1st, 2012 by steve

“… Weʼve all been there: reading the football news when we should be studying, flicking through photos at exam time. Ours is the first generation to have grown up with the internet; as such its ubiquity is a useful means of keeping in contact as well as a complete diversion from both offline work and recreation …” (more)

[Stephen Cox, University Times, 1 November]

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Why do we procrastinate so much?

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2012 by steve

“As the clock ticks steadily towards September 300,000 embryonic undergraduates across the UK are struggling to remember how it feels to compose an essay – or, more likely, how it feels NOT to write that thesis or dissertation …” (more)

[Rowan Pelling, BBC News, 27 August]


Trinity Through A Lens

Posted in Life on May 10th, 2012 by steve

“To assist students with procrastination during the exam period we decided to run a photo competition. Here are their submissions. Personal favourite is the ‘Freshman Decline’.” (photos)

[, 10 May]

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Procrastination and the Importance of Getting It Done

Posted in Life on February 21st, 2011 by steve

“In studies about procrastination one place that gets investigated a great deal is the college campus. Students procrastinate and end up pulling ‘all-nighters’ finishing a paper they should have finished weeks ago. Professors procrastinate as well, but they tend to clean the house or read that article on-line that someone mentioned a week or two (or three) ago that has a link to another interesting article …” (more)

[Bill Tierney, 21st Century Scholar, 21 February]