“a Canadian study suggests using computers during lectures could be hurting their grades and lowering their classmates’ marks.”
via Students’ use of laptops in class lowers grades: Canadian study – The Globe and Mail.
I’m probably the only student in this class who doesn’t own a laptop or an even smaller portable electronic device. Sometimes I feel practically archaic taking notes with pen and paper.
Over the past two years, as a member of the MFA program at QC, I’ve seen grad students in my classes update their Facebook pages, book a hotel room in the Hamptons, check out dog breeders on line, write emails, look at restaurant blogs and do a host of other non-English Dept. stuff on their devices. Who knew that I was being distracted by their computer-centric ways?
It’s hard not to be when most grad school classes are set up so people are seated right next to each other at a big square table, like the one in Room 708. Sometimes there’s literally nowhere else to look!
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