JOLIET, Ill. -- When Rich McNeil left life in the business world to teach at Illinois' Joliet Junior College, his first challenge was to keep his students' attention during long lessons on complex technical content. He found many students easily distracted, or struggling to focus for long periods of time.
Fortunately, after years as a computer expert, McNeil understood well how technology could assist in bringing content to life and in presenting material in ways students could more easily absorb.
"My main goal is to keep their attention, to help them to hyperfocus," said McNeil, who started teaching computer technology classes at Joliet four years ago, after a long stint as an entrepreneur and adjunct instructor elsewhere. "I just kept incorporating technology into class as a way to focus them."