SoftBoiledLife wrote:Do you get pissed off by widespread web browsing during lectures? I've never understood why more profs don't ban laptops outright (though I'm glad they don't, because I tend to refresh ThinkProgress.org when other students pose exceptionally longwinded questions).
No. It's my job to teach clearly to the students who want to be taught. To the extent that someone is browsing because my lectures stink, I am concerned that I'm not doing my job, but I'm not pissed off. To the extent that someone is browsing because they don't care about the course, then that's their own problem -- it will reflect in their grade, especially since some of the hypos I throw out often appear verbatim on the exam.
Also, I was a chronic web-surfer as a student, although not in classes that I thought were good. Looking back, though, I wished I paid more attention in *some* classes that I surfed through.