Wireless Networks On Campus: Good Or Bad?
from the more-complaining dept
Here are two articles showing contrasting views of setting up wireless access all over college campuses. The first article shows that WiFi-ing up a campus is cheaper and allows for many more creative uses that both students and faculty enjoy. However, this NY Times piece suggests that professors are getting annoyed with wireless connections, saying they need to compete with the internet for attention. They say that it’s also “demoralizing” to the students who do pay attention, who feel that they need to slack off and play solitaire because their classmates are doing so too. I think both sides do have some reasonable points, but in the end, I tend to side with those who are for leaving the wireless on. First off, I think kids are getting better at multi-tasking, and there really are some advantages to being able to look stuff up while listening to a lecture. At the same time, if the students are slacking off, that isn’t necessarily the professor’s problem. The students need to learn for themselves how to pay attention to the matter at hand.