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Learning Innovation and BRITE Lab invite you to join us for BRITE Ideas, a monthly discussion group to share and develop research on teaching and learning. Invited guest speakers include those who have either completed or are currently engaged in research projects about teaching and learning. Please join our guest speakers and contribute to an engaged discussion to advance teaching excellence.

Speaker: Noah Forrin, PhD, McMaster University
Title: Investigating the Effect of Webcams on Student Attention and Learning in Virtual Classrooms

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the creation of online learning infrastructures that will remain fixtures of higher education globally. Concerningly, students report that their attentiveness decreased following this shift online (Hicks et al., 2021). How can virtual classrooms be designed to enhance student engagement and learning? My collaborators (Simran Kalsi, Faria Sana, Joe Kim, and Colin MacLeod) and I are addressing this timely question by examining how webcams affect learning. Across three studies, we found evidence that webcams are beneficial for learning, though visibly inattentive peers may dampen these benefits. We recommend that instructors encourage students to turn on their webcams (while also providing accessibility accommodations).


Meeting ID: 997 3383 0611
Passcode: 330990



Monday, March 14, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Kim Manturuk