Educational Technology

September 30, 2010

Classroom laptop policy uncertain

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By MIKE BURNHAM, Utah State University Statesman

“I know there are some universities that have literally banned computers from classrooms,but here it is left to the teacher to decide,” said Veronica Ward, a professor of political science who does not allow computers in her undergraduate courses. The student code of conduct, under section V-3, prohibits the use of computers “which interferes with or disrupts the work of another student, faculty member, or University official.” Michael Lyons, political science professor, said he requires his students receive verbal consent from him before they use computers in his larger classes. Though he established this rule, he said it is regularly violated. “When I walk by classrooms, particularly large lecture halls, typically I find that only a minority of the students are using their computers to take notes,” Lyons said.

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