Are long winded lectures educational mal-practice? Time to pay attention to the research.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that students retain little of our lectures, and research on determining the “average attention span,” while varying, seems to congregate around eight to ten minutes (“Attention Span Statistics,” 2015), (Richardson, 2010).


One thing is clear: It’s time to get off the long winded soap box and pay attention to the research.

This piece is addressed to traditional faculty struggling to break their long lecture habits. As such it applies directly to online faculty who retained their long lecture habit when they moved to the virtual classroom.  

Recent research from EDx (Harvard and MIT) indicates that a short, 6 minute, talking head lecture from an enthusiastic teacher is highly effective.  See Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement:

It is difficult to give up long held assumptions about our teaching practice.  One benefit of the ‘disruption’ caused by online learning is having a database record of teaching effectiveness. As teachers we need to keep the lectures short.  If we’ve got more to say – chunk it!

e-Jobs: Online Adjunct: M.S. of Instructional Design and Performance Technology Adjunct

Candidates must have a minimum of a Doctorate degree in Instructional Design or a closely related field and must have a minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate-level courses in Instructional Design, Performance Technology or a related field. In addition, the successful candidate will also possess experience teaching at the college level and have experience supervising student research, theses, and dissertations. Preference will be given to candidates that have online teaching experience as well as experience with international education.


Put your advanced degrees and subject matter expertise to work. Free yourself from geographical gridlock: teach online!

eJobs: Virtual Associate Librarian – Walden University

We are currently seeking a professional to join our team as a Part-time Reference Librarian. The part-time reference librarian will provide reference service at a distance to Walden students, faculty, and staff by phone and email evenings and weekends. 


  • ALA accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science
  • At least one year of academic library reference experience including email, chat or web
  • Experience searching and teaching the use of online databases
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision


Librarians have the power of information at their fingertips. Understanding information fluency is an essential skill (that so few really own).  For the qualified candidate, here’s a step toward geographical independence. 

Harold Jarche: An Infographic Overview of Personal Knowledge Mastery

A key part of the Seek > Sense > Share framework for PKM is to find new ways to explain things, or add value to existing information.


Harold Jarche is a thinker.  His ideas help clarify how to swim in the sea of digital information that online teachers and learners must navigate.  Intended for a business audience, Jarche’s PKM approach also applies to anyone interested in the flow of information and how to transform that information into action. 

Does ethical content curation exist? A data-driven answer from

We’ve been asked “how ethical is content curation?” so many times we decided to dig deep to give you a data answer: ethical content curation exists.


Dennis T OConnor’s insight:

This is just the article I’ve been looking for. It reasurring to see that was built on a technical foundation that promotes ethical use of digital information.

I’ve used from the beginning with the understanding that curation can be “…a win-win-win deal for readers, curators and – perhaps more importantly – publishers.”

The ability to filter and select information and then share it efficiently with technology is truly, “…a beautiful symbiosis between curators, readers and publishers.”