Pop Quiz: Wifi in the College Classroom
I’m late for today’s Pop Quiz. Maybe I was too busy surfing the web?
I’ve seen the topic of wifi in the college classroom come up in faculty circles with a bit of controversy lately. Not that long ago, I was in college, and ubiquitous wifi was just around the corner. Now, students take laptops instead of notebooks, and they may even be using their phone in class for note-taking, audio recording, or answering questions with an app. Or, maybe they’re just checking Facebook again.
Some people are irked to the point of wanting there to be no more wifi made available as such. However, that won’t stop devices that use mobile networks as well. What’s going on, and who is to blame? Are students being irresponsible and not taking their studies seriously? Are the professors just not providing an engaging enough learning experience? Is technology itself to blame for the distraction itself? We’ve talked about this for high school before, but we assume that college learners are more personally responsible for their education, and thus are usually given more freedom in this arena.
How do you deal with, avoid, or actively use electronics in the college classroom? Have you changed your teaching style as a result, or enacted new policies to stem the tide of Facebook-surfing in class?
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