Turning Off Internet In The Classroom Won't Make Lectures Any More Interesting
from the competing-for-attention dept
Just about two years ago, we wrote about some law professors who were threatening to ban computers in their classrooms because students just weren’t paying attention. While some apparently did so, perhaps it wasn’t enough, because as Slashdot points out, the University of Chicago’s law school has now decided to pull the plug on classroom internet connections entirely, as a dean was upset at how many students were surfing the web during class. However, as we noted two years ago, this seems to say a lot more about the lecture quality than the internet access in the classroom. Especially when it comes to a graduate school-level class, where students are supposedly actually interested in the subject, if the professor can’t keep the attention of the class, that should be a problem for the professor to deal with, rather than by cutting off internet access. Either way, with 3G wireless access (and eventually 4G) schools simply won’t have control over internet access anyway. So, if these schools are really concerned about it, rather than cutting off the connection they do have control over, perhaps they should focus on making the lecture experience more worthwhile.