Friday, February 8, 2013
U of Oregon professors have the authority to ban laptop use in class. From the, get this, Daily Emerald.
Being sure of his proficiency with a slide-rule, Doxsee’s instructor challenged the class to a test — the class smoked him using his calculator.
As technology has changed, so has the climate of banning those innovations in the classroom. Being forced to sit in the front of the room or next to the GTF is a hassle, but do professors actually hold the authority to enforce these rules?
“The short answer, is a lot. We trust our faculty with establishing a learning environment in their classroom that they feel best suits the material and the style and the content that they hope to provide to their students,” Doxsee said, who is the associate vice provost for academic affairs and a professor for the department of chemistry.
Regardless of whether a student feels that they deserve the right to use Facebook in class because they pay tuition, the professor remains in charge of his or her classroom.