Electronic Devices in Class
Attendance is required—an indication that the instructor thinks what goes on in the class sessions is pretty important. This policy page dealing with the presence and use of electronic devices in class is intended to establish a good learning situation.
Circumstances Giving Rise to This Policy
1. Direct observation through multiple semesters that student attention to classroom transactions is diminished by use of devices of electronic communication
2. Direct observation through multiple semesters that student use of devices of electronic communication distracts and disturbs other students in the class
3. Recent scholarly research indicating inferior performance by students using electronic devices in class, including note taking (see, for instance, this Scientific American summary of the study by Mueller & Oppenheimer)
Substance of the Policy
1. Use of devices of electronic communication is prohibited during class sessions, except for emergency communications.
2. Students are encouraged to take lecture notes by hand, on paper.
3. Nothing here is intended to interfere in any way with reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities.