February 26, 2021
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 10:01 am Need a Boost? Easy ways to fix your slow internet
  • 9:30 am HALL OF KICKS: Shoe 2 – Russell Westbrook: Why Not?
  • 9:50 pm Academic Senate Roundup: Proposed Health Fee Increase, Chancellor Visit, Anti-Racism Challenge Discussed
  • 9:15 am Dying To Be Thin, Living To Tell the Tale
Story tips, concerns, questions?

The 2016 fall semester has started, and, as usual, professors are going over their syllabi to let students know about the classes they are taking. Many instructors have included a new policy that suspends all use of electronic devices in the classroom.

     They are cracking down on technology by banning laptops, tablets, cellphones, even eBooks. In some cases, students caught using any device in the classroom without permission will be given a warning. In other cases, additional offenses will result in grade deductions.

     Policies like these are unreasonable, especially if they affect students’ grades. Our society is technology-driven. Point deductions are excessive. Grades should only be dependent upon the students’ ability to perform on exams, homework and projects, not on whether they used their devices in the classroom.

     We understand there are abuses of privilege and some students don’t pay attention. For better or worse, that is their right.

     Cellphone use in the classroom is indeed getting out of hand, in some cases, but professors should understand that many of us must take responsibility for our own actions. For those of us students who are serious, not only about learning, but also about graduating, we realize we should give our full attention to the professor.

     Others, who are less serious about paying attention, get the grades they deserve. If there are students who are abusing their freedom, and not paying attention due to their cellphone, those students should be penalized. Not the rest of us, who are using our devices to assist in our learning.

     Despite what some may think, electronic devices can actually help students in the classroom. During lectures, students can type notes on their laptop faster than they can write by hand. Also, eBooks are a more valuable – and cheaper – option than the alternative textbook, in the sense that all information is at a fingertip reach away in a compact, lightweight, device.

     Professors should also trust students to use their devices in the classroom because tuition is expensive, and if a student wants to waste their money not paying attention in class, that is on the student. This is not high school. Once students enroll in college, they should be treated as adults.

     In a 2014 study by Cengage Learning, 74 percent of instructors report the move toward implementing technology in the classroom has increased students’ academic performance, and 73 percent say student engagement has improved with their courses. Less than 1 percent reported it has significantly decreased performance or engagement.   

     The same study was done for students. Eighty percent of college students, according to the survey, say implementing digital technologies in the classroom has subsequently increased their academic performance, and 77 percent say it has improved their engagement.
     Professors with strict policies on devices in classrooms should rethink them. The world and education have continuously evolved. College students have adapted to technology. Electronic devices are a part of our lives, and, like it or not, are a big part of the way we learn.



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