As the use of laptops and other mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets continue to increase, they have become much more prevalent in the classroom. While they can facilitate learning via activities such as note-taking and classroom research, they can also serve as distractions for students. The resources below look at some strategies to manage laptops and mobile device use in the classroom.
University of Washington Bothell Policies
Electronic Devices in the Classroom Policy
An instructor can choose to ask students to switch off cell phones, pagers, laptops or similar electronic devices if they are disruptive to the classroom experience. Students may use laptop computers in the classroom to take notes or do work that is relevant to the class. Checking or sending e-mail, playing games and surfing the web are considered disruptive activities when the class is in session. Per the Student Conduct Code (Chapter 1, Section 2, Part III)- An instructor has the authority to exclude a student from any class session in which the student is disorderly or disruptive.
Refer to UW's Knowing the Rules. The guidelines, policies, and laws referenced on this page are intended to help you to use computing and networking resources appropriately. Use of the UW computing network is made available to those who work and study at the UW and also to those who are a part of the UW communality. We welcome authorized use of the UW systems for research, learning, teaching, administration, and outreach to the community. Authorized use carries with it the responsibility to know the rules that govern the use of UW computers and networks. Many of the laws and policies are as you would expect. Note, however, that the UW also has some restrictions that apply to us as a state agency.
Best Practices, Articles, and Examples
More UWB Resources and Information
- Check Out a Laptop - University of Washington Bothell students may borrow laptops from the Library for a 72-hour period. All of the laptops have built-in wireless access and can connect using a valid UW NetID.
- Protecting Your Laptop - a guide on how to install anti-virus software keep your laptop virus and spyware-free.