By Dr. Angus Munro
Laptop and similar computers are increasingly being used in everyday life. Whilst they can generally be considered to be beneficial for an individual’s work, there is growing evidence elsewhere that the use of laptops by a subset of students in class is not conducive to their education, leading some lecturers to ban their use during lessons.
There are several practical reasons behind imposing such a ban.
Predictably, others have sought to argue against any such ban.
UC does not have a policy on the use of laptops in class, but we will support faculty who want to enforce a ban with good reasons. Even if a member of faculty does allow the use of laptops (note that the use of iPads, iPhones and other handphones, is banned in class at UC), students should actively consider whether, by using one, they are helping or hindering themselves in trying to get the most out of a class. If they do decide to continue to use a laptop, they should sit together at the back of the class to minimise distraction for others (including those sitting in to do peer evaluations).
e.g. Laptops vs. learning (http://tinyurl.com/2l8vmw); Banning Laptops in Classrooms: Can students multitask effectively? (http://tinyurl.
com/38sa2pg); Using laptops for notes (http://tinyurl.com/am5kwkw); US unplugged: manifold benefi ts of disconnected learning (http://
e.g. Banning Laptops in Classrooms (http://tinyurl.com/a8ryr6u).
e.g. Profs Should Rethink Banning Laptops from Lecture Halls (http://tinyurl.com/a7st9n3).
e.g. Miracle or Menace: Teaching and Learning with Laptop Computers in the Classroom (http://tinyurl.com/9wlejkq).
We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint (http://tinyurl.com/23kd3rs)
http://tinyurl.com/8jya8gr (a pdf fi le)
The use and abuse of PowerPoint in Teaching and Learning in Life Sciences (http://tinyurl.com/9ua6tgl); 10 things you should know about
PowerPoint abuse (//tinyurl.com/8u46342); Five Crimes Against PowerPoint (//tinyurl.com/7ujj7r9); Powerpoint is Evil (//tinyurl.com/kqnr;
also //tinyurl.com/2vl9nax and //tinyurl.com/2dbp9me)
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