Supercharging Student Engagement
with the Science of Human Attention
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Student attention can be slippery to pin down. It flows and ebbs throughout the day, week, and semester. Sometimes, when we need to capture it most, it also becomes the most vaporous and difficult. So, what are the mechanics behind human attention? Are there ways we can capture it consistently? And how can we use it in our face-to-face and virtual classrooms?
Dr. A. L. Ranen McLanahan who is with KEEN Partners and Engineering Unleashed, a Kern Foundation resource. He started in industry working on a floating factory ship in Alaska in 1999. From there, he’s done computational modeling work, micro-electrical mechanical system design, and R&D work through a device prototyping and innovation center that he co-found in 2013. He has served as a faculty member of general and mechanical engineering for 12 years with the UW-Platteville Engineering Partnership and worked as an industrial consultant and research affiliate through his company Critical Flux LLC for the last six. In 2016, Ranen was invited to the Wisconsin State Capitol to give a workshop on Solidarity to the Wisconsin Legislators at the state capitol. Ranen has earned multiple educational awards and nominations for his teaching, outreach, and innovations.
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