The Man banning laptop use in GWU classes

In numbers unheard of at Georgetown, professors are banning laptop use at GWU. The Hatchet reports:

Facebook, video-chatting and instant messaging may soon be a thing of the past – at least in some GW classrooms.

A growing number of professors are banning or restricting the use of laptop computers in their classrooms in an attempt to get students to pay attention and engage in classroom discussions.

Maybe it’s just some good-old fashioned fake trend journalism—they don’t have specific numbers and write “The issue has already been addressed at other major universities across the country over the past year, including Georgetown…”—and to my knowledge, classes that ban laptop use here are not widespread.

But it may be true—and another reason to be glad you don’t go to George Washington University

12 Comments on “The Man banning laptop use in GWU classes

  1. I think some Georgetown profs do this already. I know for certain that Fr. Schall does not allow laptops in class.

    -Will

  2. Oh, for sure some profs do it at every school. Fruscione (who teaches here and GW) is another tough Georgetown cookie when it comes to laptops. But they aren’t doing so in throngs, yet.

  3. I wondered that too! It doesn’t get a mention in an article, so maybe they meant it for the sake of the lede, ie, “things you can’t do without a computer.” GW kids, are you really that bold?

  4. A Hatchet photographer came to one of my classes before the article was written to get pictures for it–he asked all the kids with laptops to cluster in the middle of the room so he could getter a better shot i.e. one with 9/10 students using laptops. In reality the balance was 1/10. Must have been a slow news week for them…

  5. Well that’s no good—thanks for the vigilance. Did they run any photographs with the article in their print version?

    But hey, at least they didn’t clear out all laptop users and try to pass it off as a dry classroom.

  6. Now the Hoya has a similar story, but again, no numbers to back it up. And are the ledes too similar for your tastes? From The Hoya:

    “Surfing the Web may soon disappear entirely from Georgetown classrooms, as a growing number of professors enact policies either banning or discouraging laptop use during lectures and discussion sections.”

    From The Hatchet:

    “Facebook, video-chatting and instant messaging may soon be a thing of the past – at least in some GW classrooms.
    “A growing number of professors are banning or restricting the use of laptop computers in their classrooms in an attempt to get students to pay attention and engage in classroom discussions.”

  7. Without a survey of all profs, how would one include specific numbers?

  8. With regard to the post above stating that one of our photographers instructed students in a classroom to all move to one area of the room:

    I am a assistant photo editor for the GW Hatchet and I was actually present in the classroom when this took place. My photographer did not instruct students to do anything. It was actually my overzealous professor trying to be helpful who instructed students to do this so that the photographer could “get good pictures”. Obviously this is a violation of journalism ethics and that is why we did not publish any of his photos in either our print or online editions.

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