uOttawa profs seek ban on electronic devices in classroom

April 4, 2012

The University of Ottawa will vote next month on a proposal that would give faculty members the power to prohibit laptops and other electronic devices in the classroom. "(Students) are distracted and we are competing with that for their attention," says a professor who voted in favour of the policy. "You see one student who is really not listening, would be watching the video and then it's kind of contagious." Many students say they learn better with a laptop, and the student federation's VP says it's an important tool. The professor supporting the proposal says he wants to conduct an experiment with his students, not ban the devices outright. He wants to challenge students to leave their devices outside the lecture hall and take a quiz, and is confident he would see higher test scores. The professor says the cost of "distracted learning" is hefty when considering some students are losing out on a pricey education. CTV