An article in the NY Times discusses Wi-Fi in the classroom. That’s not really an issue I have to deal with :). It’s garnered a lot of discussion, especially on
Slashdot. It seems that most agree that if students aren’t interested, the prof should be more interesting.
And the thing is, I find this hard to argue with. As a student, I was often bored in classes. I was even bored, oft-times, in classes I loved. And those who are in meetings with me know that I have a heck of a time not doodling or working on something else at the same time, so I have a lot of sympathy for students in the same position.
But, I know that if students come to class they learn. So what’s to be done?
Students actually like that I gave pop quizzes in my com theory class. In the evaluations, they said that they hated it at the time, but it helped keep them focused. But I don’t really think I should be disciplining students. Honestly, if they aren’t getting anything out of the class, they shouldn’t have to come.
But that means a different evil: I have to use tests to evaluate the students, especially if I can’t evaluate them on their performance in class discussions, etc..
All of this angst has a concrete focus. I still am unsure of how I am going to reformulate the Media Law class for next semester. I have seriously considered giving the students the choice, but I know what a headache that can lead to.
I’ll have to decide quick.