Classroom Wi-Fi Debate Roars to Life Once More, This Time at Yale

A mega-popular art history course at Yale University has far less students enrolled this semester in part due to the professor’s desire to teach in a Wi-Fi-free lecture hall, according to a recent Yale Daily News report.

Romenesko grabbed the story over the weekend, rocketing it to national attention.  It is the latest thunderclap in an ongoing roar of a debate about proper Internet decorum and freedom in the classroom.

As I noted awhile back in my USA TODAY College column, Harvard University students are so plugged into texts and social media during classes there is literally a name for it: the Facebook Index.

Bottom line: What is the underground online scene among students at your school?

Questions for a Related Report

What are students at your school secretly or not-so-secretly doing online while classes are in session?  What do students see as the benefits and downsides of their illicit Internet behavior?  What do professors think of this ever-increasing Wi-Fi-enabled activity?  What are some profs.’ especially extreme or innovative responses to all-things Wi-Fi (in respect to either blocking or utilizing)?  And what is your school’s official policy toward classroom Wi-Fi use?

Multimedia Options

1) A video profile of the underground online activity occurring among students in a single class.  2) A meme rundown offering students’ takes on what they are really doing in class via their mobile phones, laptops or iPads while they are supposed to be paying attention.

Offbeat Option

A real-time email, text or Twitter interview with a student about underground online activity . . . while they are in a class. :)

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