Second question: Is this the result of teachers banning laptops?
I was thinking about this because in looking up syllabi around the web the other day, I came across a few by instructors that ought to be called syllabus heroes. Syllabus heroes are the people who make policies that make mine look timid. Their syllabi include statements like these:
- No laptops. No exceptions.
- Texting in class = be asked to leave.
- Turn off your cell phone. If it rings, everyone in the class loses participation points for the day. (I made that one up, but what I saw was similar.)
- Be disruptive in class, and everyone in the class has to take a pop quiz.
And banning laptops? Can we even do that? Would it hold up if someone went to the Chair or Dean and argued that we were destroying their ability to learn and will to live?