In the past few years, computers have become a necessity in college. A 2012 study by the Division of Information Technology found that 97% of student respondents use a laptop computer.
Some faculty members believe that this can become a distraction, especially when used to take notes in lecture.
“I want people to look at me when I give lectures,” said physics professor Sam Hokin. “In physics there’s really no reason to have a laptop open, like 50% of what I teach is equations.”
Hokin calls himself a ‘chalk-and-talk’ professor. He does not use PowerPoint presentations in his lectures, but provides his students with lecture notes so that they can become involved in the class.
“I’m a pretty unusual physics professor in that I have more rules. I want students to ask questions and answer questions.” Continue reading