#Highered and fellow #pedagogygeeks, in the spirit of talking about teaching and learning, the heart of our work, and not just fall planning insanity, a thread on boredom and attention:
I've been thinking lately that #highered has a boredom problem. AND, it also has a "fill up every space and leave no time for contemplation and reflection" problem. Been chewing on this and would love to know your thoughts.

One of John Medina's brain rules: We don't pay attention to boring things.

Medina: "The more attention the brain pays to a given stimulus, the more elaborately the information will be encoded — and retained."

We have a lot of boring content and presentation out there in our work, in our courses as well as #profdev/#facdev. And people aren't paying attention...

But I've also seen arguments that boredom can boost creativity. That in the moment of "THIS IS SO DAMN BORING" our brains fight back by creating something fantastic.

So I'm just curious how folks see this. Should we be aiming to limit boring things in recognition that no one's paying attention to them? But does that limit creativity?


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