Laptops/Electronics Policy

Laptops and other electronic devices are not permitted to be used in my classrooms, absent special circumstances.  This is a decision that I do not make lightly.  In fact, after many years of trying differing approaches, and based on considerable research and my experiences, I remain convinced that an electronics-free environment is most conducive to learning and teaching.  I have several reasons for my decision, which I am happy to share with you.  Some of the reasons in support of my electronics-free classroom approach include my desire to:

  • create and maintain a “safe" classroom environment;
  • minimize distractions as much as possible;
  • encourage meaningful discussions during class time involving all students;
  • maximize student learning in the classroom;
  • eliminate the temptation of students to take stenography rather than engage in thoughtful note taking; and
  • produce more significant learning and therefore higher quality student performance on exams.

If you are interested in reading further on this subject, the following articles may be of interest to you:

See also Dan Rockmore, The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom, The New Yorker (June 6, 2014).  But see Robert Talbert, Three Issues With the Case for Banning Laptops, Chronicle of Higher Education (June 13, 2014).