Sunday, June 18, 2017
Yale Professor Jonathan Reuning-Scherer packs in student at his statistics course. The prize-winning prof recently revealed a major insight:
“When I think about what keeps people’s attention,” Reuning-Scherer considers, “it’s not who has the coolest example or flashiest slides: it is tone of voice.” The details of his presentation extend far beyond course material; breathing, cadence, and volume all are tested methodically for effect. “Where I pause, when my voice goes up or down, when it disappears altogether, or when I tell a stupid joke…being conscious of that has had the greatest effect” on sustained engagement in his class. With a sample size of some 300 students, retaining attention demands ingenuity—and, often, a herculean effort.