Armchair Ecology

Dispatches from the mean field

Yesterday, I attended a workshop on principles for efficient teaching, organized by the Center for University Pedagogy at the Université de Montréal. As expected, one of the topics we adressed during the informal discussions was the use of laptops in the classroom by students. In particular, one of the notions we discussed was the idea of competition for the student’s attention, in a context where things they can do on their laptops provide more instant gratification than hearing me prattle about the curse of dimensionality.