If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the never-ending barrage of notifications playing tug-of-war with your attention span from one moment to the next, it might be time for a digital detox. Or, if you ever experience feelings of inadequacy because everyone else’s lives on social media seem so much more attractive than the one you lead, then perhaps digital mindfulness could be the cure. Developing digital mindfulness through digital detoxes and other activities allows us to recover control of our attention spans by developing awareness of how we behave while engaging with digital systems. This workshop will highlight the problems of life in the Age of Distraction and introduce the basic concepts of mindfulness as they apply to everyday life, especially with our increasing reliance on technology. Mindfulness does not make the pressures of our technology-rich lives disappear, but it offers a path to sanity by helping us understand how we behave when confronted with digital communication options.

Led by Dr. Josh Misner, Associate Professor of Communication, Communication and Fine Arts Division, North Idaho College

Friday, April 12th, 2019, 2:00-4:00pm, CDSC, 4th floor Holland Library

Registration is not required for this workshop.

Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with you.

Questions? Please contact Tor de Vries: tor.devries@wsu.edu

Digital Foundations Workshops

The CDSC offers a series of intensive workshops for WSU students seeking hands-on instruction in the foundations of digital literacy. Facility with digital tools has become a fundamental prerequisite for joining any contemporary profession and, as with reading and writing skills, college instructors across the disciplines expect students to arrive on campus with a foundational level of digital literacy. Such expectations mean that many students never receive explicit guidance in how to write emails, organize files, or engage in online communities. These workshops fill that general education gap by helping students cultivate essential skills and develop good digital habits for the future. We intend the workshops to serve all interested students, regardless of major or prior experience. Workshop sessions will be 30-40 minutes, with 20-30 minutes for questions and one-on-one assistance. Grad students, staff, and faculty are also always welcome.