Frustrated That Students Seem to Pay More Attention to Their Phones Than You? How Can We Help Their Brains?

Thursday, October 12, 2023
10:05 AM - 11:20 AM


This workshop is a webinar ONLY – please do not come to the CTE office.


To attend the webinar, log-in as a guest at Frustrated That Students Seem to Pay More Attention to Their Phones Than You? How Can We Help Their Brains?. This is a Blackboard Collaborate Session.


The webinar starts at 10:05 a.m. and we kindly request participants to enter the webinar at least 15 minutes prior to the start time and no later than 10:10 a.m. 


Late arrival and/or early exit from the workshop invalidates receiving credit. 



Technology misuse in the classroom has become so pervasive that we must rethink whether our energies should be spent fighting it or whether to work with students on a new paradigm. Yet struggles around technology are also the most obvious symptom of a much larger problem of many students' inability to focus and the value many of them hold for multitasking.

Based on the recent text: Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It by James Lang, this break-out session will address the pervasive problem of distracted students, including how to use research on the effects of the technology students use as a distraction (cell phones), or as classroom tools (laptops).

Lastly, in this presentation, attendees will explore the various methods of how to foster better attention from students in the classroom and begin to 'shift our thinking away from preventing distraction' (Lang, 2021).

This is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.


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Alisa Liggett
Executive Director,
Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

Alisa Liggett is the executive director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at USC. In her 20-year career in student affairs, she has been active in the development of classroom management techniques including methods for preventing misconduct and breaches of academic integrity. As an instructor of both University 101 and group exercise, she enjoys sharing techniques to engage any range of student participants.

Jessie Townsend
Assistant Director of Academic Integrity
Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

Jessie Townsend is the Assistant Director of Academic Integrity in the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at the University of South Carolina. Townsend has over three years of experience as an academic integrity professional and gained recognition on the regional and national level through his work in various leadership roles, conference presentations, professional trainings.

In his role, he develops opportunities for faculty outreach to provide proactive academic integrity strategies, stays up to date on current research in the field, delivers presentations to students and faculty, and adjudicates high-level academic integrity cases. Townsend thoroughly enjoys working collaboratively with faculty to help cultivate a campus culture of integrity that is conducive to student learning.

Prior to his role, Jessie earned his M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership from the The Citadel and his B.S. in Exercise Science from Winthrop University.