Professors Give Up On Classroom Smartphone Regulation – “In a meeting with a senior administrator, I was advised to drop the no-electronic devises in class policy”


climate_change adwh2833 • 19 days ago
You know, if I could keep students awake in class, or get them to spare me a minute from looking at their cell phones, I might actually worry about how I am influencing them. I think young people are a lot less fragile than everyone thinks.

professornot climate_change • 19 days ago
The second a student pulls out a phone in class, they’re counted absent. Fall asleep? You’re counted absent. 3 absences, 1/2 a letter grade lost. Tough but it works.

withnailandi professornot • 19 days ago
… I tried that with my classes, and one of my students screamed and complained from my chair to the dean to the provost and back. I got strictly forbidden to do that stuff.
Our hands are tied about the iPhone issue. It really stinks.

dgoss withnailandi • 14 days ago
… When I started teaching at university 20 years ago, I was told by the department head that he had my back. If it came to a dispute with students, he would go to bat for me in such cases as the one withnailandi mentioned. But about 10 years ago all of that changed. Since then, my department has had 3 different department heads, and all of them have made it clear that students are not to be confronted about anything. They must be kept happy.
I adopted the same policy of no electronics in class as professornot did a few years ago, counting as absent anyone who raised the screen on their laptop or pulled out a cell phone during discussions. The result was the lowest course evaluations in years, and a department that hauled me in and basically (politely) threatened me with being fired if it happened again. In a meeting with a senior administrator, I was advised to drop the no-electronic devises in class policy, even though I had made it plain to students that it only applied to discussion group sessions, not during lectures or any other part of the course.
But in this day of corporate universities, students must be appeased at every turn, including never raising a discouraging word in the classroom, or making them uncomfortable in any way.

raym5888 withnailandi • 15 days ago
Depressing but true. What I resent is students playing with their iphones when you are giving them safety instructions in the lab. If they swallow an earthworm or swallow the cane toad eggs or put one tube in the centrifuge or pour water into the conc H2SO4 what is your legal position?

– excerpts from exchanges in the comments section of ‘Higher Education Is Drowning in BS’, Christian Smith, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 Jan 2018

“We Are About Five Years Away From Never Having To Leave Our Homes Again”

“We are about five years away from never having to leave our homes again…
You don’t have to leave your home to buy…ANYTHING
You can sit on your couch and you can be.. like… I want bananas.. and I want hammers… and I want an eagle’s beak.. and then amazon’s like… it’s on your doorstep.. how about that? Isn’t that insane to you?… You don’t have to leave your home to see people… you
should, but you don’t have to… just hold up the same device, and be like “hi” (waves)… “bye” (waves)…”
– Tom Segura, comedian.
‘Tom Segura: Disgraceful’, Netflix.

An Excerpt From Sebald’s ‘Austerlitz’ – Inexorable Spread Of Processed Data; To Exclude The Reader; To Break With Everything That Still Has Some Living Connection To The Past


“As I was tormenting myself with such thoughts, distinctly aware, so Austerlitz continued, that my face was being marked by the signs of that anguish which so often assails me, I was approached by one of the library staff called Henri Lemoine, who had recognized me from those early years of mine in Paris when I went daily to the rue Richelieu. Jacques Austerlitz, inquired Lemoine, stopping by my desk and leaning slightly down to me, and so, said Austerlitz, we began a long, whispered conversation in the Haut-de-jardin reading room, which was gradually emptying now, about the dissolution, in line with the inexorable spread of processed data, of our capacity to remember, and about the collapse, l’effondrement, as Lemoine put it, of the Bibliothèque Nationale which is already under way. The new library building, which in both its entire layout and its near-ludicrous internal regulation seeks to exclude the reader as a potential enemy, might be described, so Lemoine thought, said Austerlitz, as the official manifestation of the increasingly importunate urge to break with everything which still has some living connection to the past.”

– excerpt from: W.G. Sebald. “Austerlitz.” 2001. p286, Vintage Canada, paperback edition

Lights On A Plane – “Every seat had a screen on it and almost every passenger had 1 or 2 other digital devices – like laptops, tablets or phones – running as well.”



“This was from a cross country flight after CES 2017 [the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show]. The colorful glow is from many digital devices running all at once in a dimly lit cabin. Every seat had a screen on it and almost every passenger had 1 or 2 other digital devices running as well, like laptops and/or tablets and/or phones as well. I found it an interesting and beautiful byproduct of flying in the tech infused, 21st Century.”

– image and excerpt from “This was a popular photo of mine that I took last year. A plane I flew on had so many electronics on it that it created an interesting light effect on the walls.”, fantomknight1 at imgur, 1 Jan 2018