Laptops in the Classroom
Case Western lawprof Jonathan Adler points to a WaPo story on the trend toward universities banning the use of laptop computers by students in classrooms. Since laptops weren’t ubiquitous when I was teaching, I’m agnostic on the subject. This quote, uncommented upon by Adler, however, caught my eye:
One recent semester, [Diane E. Sieber, an associate professor of humanities at the University of Colorado at Boulder] tracked the grades of 17 student laptop addicts. At the end of the term, their average grade was 71 percent, “almost the same as the average for the students who didn’t come at all.”
If students who aren’t bothering to show up to class are getting C’s in professor Sieber’s classes, I would submit that there’s something terribly wrong with either her examinations, grading, or teaching.