Profs should alter teaching to hold attention

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Frustrated profs consider laptop ban”
March 5, 2008

To the editor:
First of all, university students are paying for their education and their attendance in class, and sometimes at seminar, isn’t even mandatory, let alone mandatory they pay attention. Students are adults with the right to use class time as they wish, so long as they don’t disturb others.

Secondly, the anonymous professor describes laptop use in her seminar as ‘disturbing,’ referring to moments when students were typing when there was no class material being discussed.

I’d like to remind this frazzled professor that no one seems to be complaining when students use laptops for their intended purpose in class.

So if it’s not the typing that bothers you, what does? Is it the fact students aren’t paying attention to you? If so, maybe you should consider why the students aren’t paying attention and adjust your seminar method accordingly.

Laptops can be an amazing resource in class and the negative consequences of banning them far outweigh the positives. If people in class aren’t paying attention to you, question why " don’t force them to act otherwise.
"Nicholas McRae
Medical Science IV

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