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<div id="content_view" class="wiki" style="display: block">'''Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age'''<br />  A growing body of research is emerging to show the detrimental impacts of the saturation of cell phones, text messaging, and laptops on people's attention spans, learning abilities, social and communications skills, and overall mental health. These findings also have relevance for our thinking about broader social issues such as social cohesion, class and racial polarization, and social movements. <br/>
 
<div id="content_view" class="wiki" style="display: block">'''Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age'''<br />  A growing body of research is emerging to show the detrimental impacts of the saturation of cell phones, text messaging, and laptops on people's attention spans, learning abilities, social and communications skills, and overall mental health. These findings also have relevance for our thinking about broader social issues such as social cohesion, class and racial polarization, and social movements. <br/>
  
The term [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technostress "Technostress"] refers to an increasingly common experience with negative health implications. People "feel compulsive about being connected and sharing constant updates, feel forced to respond to work-related information in real-time, and engage in almost habitual multi-tasking. They feel compelled to work faster because information flows faster, and have little time to spend on sustained thinking and creative analysis."
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The term [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technostress '''"Technostress"'''] refers to an increasingly common experience with negative health implications. People "feel compulsive about being connected and sharing constant updates, feel forced to respond to work-related information in real-time, and engage in almost habitual multi-tasking. ''They feel compelled to work faster because information flows faster, and have little time to spend on sustained thinking and creative analysis."''
*See more at:[https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/prefrontal-nudity/201708/dealing-technostress Dealing With Technostress: Beware of letting the machines take over] ''Psychology Today'' Alex Korb, PhD, August 22, 2017.  
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*See more at: [https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/prefrontal-nudity/201708/dealing-technostress Dealing With Technostress: Beware of letting the machines take over] ''Psychology Today'' Alex Korb, PhD, August 22, 2017.  
 
 
<span style="display: block; text-align: center"> '''''"Technology often causes us to lose our senses when it comes to norms of polite behavior and, as a result,'''''</span><span style="display: block; text-align: center">'''''perfectly nice people become unbelievably rude and insulting."''''' --[http://learnercentered.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/dont-text-in-class-and-heres-why/ Dr. Cara Finnegan ]<br /> </span><br /> 
 
  
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More and more people are ''[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/better/technology/9-ways-to-start-and-stick-to-a-digital-detox/ taking occasional "digital detox" breaks ]'' to improve their concentration, performance, relationships, and overall health.<br /><br />  The following links provide resources for critical reflection on the uses of technology and its effects on learning, attention, productivity, and mental health.<br />  
 
More and more people are ''[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/better/technology/9-ways-to-start-and-stick-to-a-digital-detox/ taking occasional "digital detox" breaks ]'' to improve their concentration, performance, relationships, and overall health.<br /><br />  The following links provide resources for critical reflection on the uses of technology and its effects on learning, attention, productivity, and mental health.<br />  
  
 
==International==
 
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*[https://www.screenfree.org/ Global Campaign: Screen-Free Week]: '''Screen Free Week 2020 is May 4-10'''
 
*[https://www.screenfree.org/ Global Campaign: Screen-Free Week]: '''Screen Free Week 2020 is May 4-10'''
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*'''WHO Guidelines on screen time:''' [https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/24-04-2019-to-grow-up-healthy-children-need-to-sit-less-and-play-more ''To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more'']
*WHO Guidelines on screen time: [https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/24-04-2019-to-grow-up-healthy-children-need-to-sit-less-and-play-more To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more]
 
  
  
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* <span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif">[http://fortune.com/2016/02/03/nicholas-carr-internet/ "The Internet Makes Us Stupid, and Here's Why"] Kabir Sehgal Fortune Feb. 3, 2016 </span>
 
* <span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif">[http://fortune.com/2016/02/03/nicholas-carr-internet/ "The Internet Makes Us Stupid, and Here's Why"] Kabir Sehgal Fortune Feb. 3, 2016 </span>
 
* <span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif">[http://www.chronicle.com/article/Teach-Naked-Effort-Strips/47398/ When Computers Leave Classrooms, So Does Boredom], Chronical of Higher Education, July 20, 2009</span>
 
* <span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif">[http://www.chronicle.com/article/Teach-Naked-Effort-Strips/47398/ When Computers Leave Classrooms, So Does Boredom], Chronical of Higher Education, July 20, 2009</span>
* Sherry Terkel (2012) ''[http://geni.us/AloneTogether Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other]''
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* Sherry Turkle (2012) ''[http://geni.us/AloneTogether Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other]''
* Sherry Terkel (2015) ''[http://geni.us/ReclaimingConvo Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age]''
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* Sherry Turkle (2015) ''[http://geni.us/ReclaimingConvo Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age]''
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* ''[https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/600671/how-to-do-nothing-by-jenny-odell/ How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy''] By Jenny Odell, 2019, Penguin Random House.
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**''"Given that all of the issues that face us demand an understanding of complexity, interrelationship, and nuance, the ability to seek and understand context is nothing less than a collective survival skill."'' (p. 166)
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*[https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/31/how-facebook-robbed-us-of-our-sense-of-self  Death of the private self: how fifteen years of Facebook changed the human condition] ''The Guardian'' January 31, 2019. ''"Facebook age marks a break from traditional human behaviour in key aspect. In the past, we could regularly take a break from acting, and revert to some sense of our private, authentic selves. Now, as we constantly prod at our smartphones and feel the pull of their addictive apps, when does the performing ever stop?"''  
 
*[https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/31/how-facebook-robbed-us-of-our-sense-of-self  Death of the private self: how fifteen years of Facebook changed the human condition] ''The Guardian'' January 31, 2019. ''"Facebook age marks a break from traditional human behaviour in key aspect. In the past, we could regularly take a break from acting, and revert to some sense of our private, authentic selves. Now, as we constantly prod at our smartphones and feel the pull of their addictive apps, when does the performing ever stop?"''  
 
*''The Coddling of the American Mind'', by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, addresses the intersecting dynamics that have created a more polarized society, focusing on how changing parenting styles, university practices that reinforce "overparenting" tendencies, and changes in the larger technological and physical environments affect young people's well-being and their ability to confront the critical challenges of our day. [[https://www.thecoddling.com/ More resources at authors' website thecoddling.com].
 
*''The Coddling of the American Mind'', by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, addresses the intersecting dynamics that have created a more polarized society, focusing on how changing parenting styles, university practices that reinforce "overparenting" tendencies, and changes in the larger technological and physical environments affect young people's well-being and their ability to confront the critical challenges of our day. [[https://www.thecoddling.com/ More resources at authors' website thecoddling.com].
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*[https://dcs.megaphone.fm/BUR9580458773.mp3?key=a35557f2fc90ec807b4b6443ee50c1bb Podcast: “A Threat to Democracy? What Social Media has Done to us” NPR On Point November 27, 2019.]  ''Are social networks driving us into partisan factions at the expense of the common good? We look at social media and democracy. Jonathan Haidt, Social Psychologist and co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind and Sherry Turkle, Social Psychologist at MIT, author of Reclaiming Conversation.''
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**“If you don’t teach your children how to be alone, you are only teaching them to be lonely.” That is, by failing to restrict children’s use of digital technology, parents are not enabling them to develop important lessons about themselves and skills at building rewarding friendships. (Dr. Sherry Turkle)
 
*[https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/16/style/snowplow-parenting-scandal.html "Snowplow Parents: How Parents are Robbing their Children of Adulthood."] The 2019 scandal surrounding campus admissions reveals the implications of the broader problem of growing and related competition in our educational and labor markets. Young people have increasingly been socialized into constant high-stakes testing and competition to get into the best schools, in preparation for an increasingly competitive work environment. But are they better prepared for life as adults in a world that faces critically urgent challenges?  
 
*[https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/16/style/snowplow-parenting-scandal.html "Snowplow Parents: How Parents are Robbing their Children of Adulthood."] The 2019 scandal surrounding campus admissions reveals the implications of the broader problem of growing and related competition in our educational and labor markets. Young people have increasingly been socialized into constant high-stakes testing and competition to get into the best schools, in preparation for an increasingly competitive work environment. But are they better prepared for life as adults in a world that faces critically urgent challenges?  
 
• [https://student.unsw.edu.au/perfectionism Resources for Addressing Perfectionism] (UNSW Sydney) <br/>
 
• [https://student.unsw.edu.au/perfectionism Resources for Addressing Perfectionism] (UNSW Sydney) <br/>

Revision as of 14:09, 6 January 2020

Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age
A growing body of research is emerging to show the detrimental impacts of the saturation of cell phones, text messaging, and laptops on people's attention spans, learning abilities, social and communications skills, and overall mental health. These findings also have relevance for our thinking about broader social issues such as social cohesion, class and racial polarization, and social movements.

The term "Technostress" refers to an increasingly common experience with negative health implications. People "feel compulsive about being connected and sharing constant updates, feel forced to respond to work-related information in real-time, and engage in almost habitual multi-tasking. They feel compelled to work faster because information flows faster, and have little time to spend on sustained thinking and creative analysis."


More and more people are taking occasional "digital detox" breaks to improve their concentration, performance, relationships, and overall health.

The following links provide resources for critical reflection on the uses of technology and its effects on learning, attention, productivity, and mental health.

International


Selected References


Learning, Memory, and Productivity


How is Technology and the Quest for Success Affecting Society?


Mental Health, Social Well-Being and Anxiety

  • Stress and anxiety in the digital age: The dark side of technology
  • My Students Don't Know How to Have a Conversation - The Atlantic
  • "Social Media, Screen Time, and Young People's Mental Health The Lancet Editorial| Volume 393, ISSUE 10172, P611, February 16, 2019. "Without leadership from the health community, we risk not protecting—or worse, harming—our greatest asset: the future generation's mental health. As per the speed with which young people adopt social media, the evidence is also moving very quickly, and by the time frameworks are imposed, they might be obsolete to young users who have already left those particular digital platforms behind. Our understanding of the benefits, harms, and risks of our rapidly changing digital landscape is sorely lacking."
  • Death of the private self: how fifteen years of Facebook changed the human condition The Guardian January 31, 2019. "Facebook age marks a break from traditional human behaviour in key aspect. In the past, we could regularly take a break from acting, and revert to some sense of our private, authentic selves. Now, as we constantly prod at our smartphones and feel the pull of their addictive apps, when does the performing ever stop?"
  • The Coddling of the American Mind, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, addresses the intersecting dynamics that have created a more polarized society, focusing on how changing parenting styles, university practices that reinforce "overparenting" tendencies, and changes in the larger technological and physical environments affect young people's well-being and their ability to confront the critical challenges of our day. [More resources at authors' website thecoddling.com.
  • Podcast: “A Threat to Democracy? What Social Media has Done to us” NPR On Point November 27, 2019. Are social networks driving us into partisan factions at the expense of the common good? We look at social media and democracy. Jonathan Haidt, Social Psychologist and co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind and Sherry Turkle, Social Psychologist at MIT, author of Reclaiming Conversation.
    • “If you don’t teach your children how to be alone, you are only teaching them to be lonely.” That is, by failing to restrict children’s use of digital technology, parents are not enabling them to develop important lessons about themselves and skills at building rewarding friendships. (Dr. Sherry Turkle)
  • "Snowplow Parents: How Parents are Robbing their Children of Adulthood." The 2019 scandal surrounding campus admissions reveals the implications of the broader problem of growing and related competition in our educational and labor markets. Young people have increasingly been socialized into constant high-stakes testing and competition to get into the best schools, in preparation for an increasingly competitive work environment. But are they better prepared for life as adults in a world that faces critically urgent challenges?

Resources for Addressing Perfectionism (UNSW Sydney)
More College Students Seem to Be Majoring in Perfectionism New York Times
Resources to address challenges of college perfectionism and psychological health


Lessons on digital technology, privacy, corporate concentration, and democracy/ social conflicts:


Professional Considerations and Interventions
AAUP’s Education Not Privatization toolkit from our One Faculty, One Resistance site



DRAFT SYLLABUS CONTENT

Mainstream communications including communication fostered at universities send few signals to students about the need to be more critical and selective in how one uses technology. We can play important roles as teachers to invite students to think critically about how technology impacts both their own practices and learning abilities and how it shapes broader social trends and problems. Introducing limitations in your classroom is a way to model such practices for students and it can encourage them to become more effective learners and sociologists. We should note that many students will protest such restrictions, since they are rarely required to disconnect from their devices. But holding firm to technology limitations can teach important lessons and life skills that many students in your classroom will (silently) appreciate.

Technology Policies*Drawing from research on the detrimental impacts of technology on education and learning, I have adopted the following technology policies:No assignments will be accepted via e-mail, and my preferred method of communication is face to face or by office phone. Please use opportunities after class or in office hours to discuss your work in the course. Do not use laptops or text messaging devices in class, and silence your cell phones and place them out of your sight.

The Problem of Digital Technology and Divided Attention--In recent years the saturation of cell phones, text messaging, and laptops, combined with the broad availability of wireless in classrooms, has produced something called the problem of divided attention. A March 25, 2008 article in the New York Timessummarized recent studies of productivity in business settings. Researchers found that after responding to email or text messages, it took people more than 15 minutes to re-focus on the "serious mental tasks" they had been performing before the interruption. Other research has shown that when people attempt to perform two tasks at once (e.g., following what's happening in class while checking text messages), the brain literally cannot do it. The brain has got to give up on one of the tasks in order to effectively accomplish the other. Hidden behind all the hype about multi-tasking, then, is this sad truth: "it makes you slower and dumber." For this reason alone you should seek to avoid the problem of divided attention when you are in class. But there's another reason, too: technology often causes us to lose our senses when it comes to norms of polite behavior and, as a result, "perfectly nice people become unbelievably rude and insulting." For both these reasons, then, turn off your cell phones or set them on silent mode when you come to class, and refrain from using laptops and any other electronic devices during class. *
Source: Dr. Cara Finnegan. (See also work by Sherry Turkle- Reclaiming Conversation in a Digital Age)