Is it permissible for a college professor to forbid students from having their phones or laptops out during class?
"My class, my rules"
Yes, it's extremely annoying and distracting. Cell phones aren't a constitutional right.
My music theory professor is a little bit too anti-phones. I told her I was waiting on a call from my bank about my stolen debit card, and may need to step out if that call came during class. My phone was on vibrate, and I sit by the door, so it
wouldn't cause any disruption. She told me to take the day off class instead, so I was forced to miss everything we learned that day. Another instance with the same professor, someone had a question about a certain piece of music and it was 100%
relevant, but she had to pull it up on her phone to show hed the part she was asking about, the professor kicked her out of class and gave her a failing grade for the day. Needless to say, the question went unanswered
if it is an active activity then yes but if they are just taking notes than no but people need to use respect for the professor when using them
I'm paying to be in the classroom, and I'm an adult. I do not think it's a professors place to tell me when I can and cannot use my phone. But it's common sense to be respectful about it. Sound off and calls taken outside.
I would get out of that class quick. My 1st grader uses, a tablet and a computer everyday in the classroom, and all homework is electronic.
If a college professor can't get with the times, I don't want to be in their class.
I make students submit virtually all assignments through a web based platform. I have a small contingent that complains about it every semester. They'd rather turn in sloppy handwritten work I can't read apparently. I don't get it . . .
If I'm paying to be there, I should be able to take notes however I choose. Notebook, laptop, etc. It's my choice.
Of course. Their house, their rules.
It's their classroom and their decision.
I had a professor that did that last semester. It hindered learning significantly because many students take notes on their computers and had e-textbooks.
Yes. If he or she feels it is distracting the other students.
Sound off, both can be used for notes.
I have 5 classes this semester. 3 teachers ban computers, one allows and the other uses a school computer lab. I think it's a huge pain that in this day and age that students aren't allowed to take notes on a laptop, or a tablet even
I allow it as long as the student doesn't abuse the privilege
Why do you consider it a privilege? When I was in grad school I considered having my laptop to be a necessity.
Because in class it can be potentially disruptive to other students and it is possible to take notes without one. With that being said, I'm very lenient in my class. I make the expectation of adult behavior
very clear at the beginning and haven't had any problems. I know several profs that ban them, and phones, altogether.
Also, I'm at a community college where I have traditional students, dual enrolled HS students, & older students who've been out of school for a while. The demographics can make classroom management a challenge sometimes.
What do you teach?
Political science. And a large part of the class is the open, and respectful, debate over policy. My style is to encourage the students to discuss with each other. I stay out of it unless 1 side is unrepresented then I play devils advocate.
Absolutely their right to do so. But I have a severe problem with anyone who doesn't allow laptops for note-taking purposes.
Cell phones definitely although I would allow them to record the lectures with them. I'm torn on laptops. People take notes with them, but the sound of typing while I'm trying to listen to a lecture annoys me.
Yes. His class, his rules.
What do you mean?
Phones, yes. Laptops, maybe but I'd hope not.
I'm with you on this one. But if they're using to play games, etc during class it can be disruptive and distracting for other students. So I'd leave it to the discretion of the prof.
Very true. I always used mine for notes. When I couldn't have it in classes, I had to transfer the written notes to the laptop.
I do allow them, and encourage the use of technology. But if I catch them gaming or watching YouTube, then they are banned from using it in class.
I like the way you think.