Thursday, January 15: The vexing issue of laptops and smartphones in class

One common complaint among faculty is what to do about the use of laptops and smartphones during class by students.

On the one hand, these devices are powerful learning tools that enable students to have a world of knowledge at their fingertips that can be retrieved in an instant. It also enables them to take notes and have all their course material readily available.

But, and this is the major source of concern, these devices can also be a source of distraction, taking student attention away from what is happening in the classroom to texting with friends, shopping, surfing the web, and so on.

So what should be done about this vexing issue of computers and smartphones? Should their use be banned, as this professor has decided to do? Or are there other ways to deal with them? 

At the next UCITE session, we will discuss this question.

Please join us for this discussion from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen building (at the corner of Adelbert and Euclid).

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