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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Laptops disrupt lectures. So let's ban lectures!

Lecturing professors nowadays face a room full of students paying full attention -- to their laptops. A lecture, by definition, is a method of teaching whereby a person talks and an audience pays attention. But a laptop is an interruption machine that fragments attention. Lectures and laptops are incompatible activities. Some professors have addressed the fundamental incompatibility of lectures and laptops by banning the laptops. But maybe it would be better to keep the laptops and ban the lectures. Here's why.

Posted via email from Mike Elgan's Lifestream


Blogger michkhoo said...

I knew a student that wrote all math formula notes on her laptop (10 years ago!)

laptop is pretty neat note taking machine, you can even record lectures

Sunday, March 14, 2010 1:05:00 PM  
Blogger macbeach said...

At this point, students who enter such a lecture hall with ordinary (non-Apple) laptops must feel like second class citizens.

Schools could save a lot of money (if they actually wanted to) by pre-recording all the lectures and actually having the student "attend them electronically". There would then only need to be a Q&A mechanism, and even I will admit that that might best be done in person.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 1:28:00 PM  

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