Facebook and Internet surfing during class time – is it really an issue?

Some lecturers complain about students going online during class time. How to eradicate this? Well, perhaps you should flip the question – why shouldn’t they go online? It’s hard to hold back the ocean tide. Solution:during tutorials, get them to do stuff online that relates to the subject/theme for the week. My students respond positively to that message. Of course I am running a Humanities subject, which involves free and interpretive thinking of cultural, social, political and historical topics. Would the same unworried attitude  towards students being online in class work, for example, in science or business classes? Dunno.

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