College or university professors should prohibit students from using devices that can connect to the Internet (such as laptop computers, smartphones) while in the class. Do youagree or disagree with this statement?
Traditionally, undergraduates have been using paper-based text-books, materials, and other attached utensils to facilitate the classes during the sessions, yet with electronic devices prevailing in people’s lives, the equipments with internet access have become increasingly pervasive, and accompanying college students nearly from now and then. This hastriggered great controversy as to whether lecturers should prohibit the employment of these devices during the classes. My view is that forbidding these undergraduates from using the electronic devices with internet access is not a good idea and should be discouraged in the university, in spite of the disturbances that this might bring to the courses and the students.
One argument against allowing the college students to tap the e-devices might involve the learning efficiency that the professor want to maintain for the undergraduates from forbidding the use of e-devices. This is because by prohibiting the use of the electronic devices, students would be removed the likely distractors of the courses, so that they are less likely to be distracted by the appealing headlines, discount information or gossips of personalities during the sessions of the lecture. It is such prohibition that allows for the students to have less access to less learning information, thus being able to be more involved in the discussion or group work. This situation, nevertheless, seldom occurs. The students in college and university are often adults, instead of children, who are capable of being self-controlled and disciplined, and this means that the electronic devices might not affect their concentration and devotion to the courses.
A further reason for not using the lap tops, cell phones and e-book readers may be that this could jeopardize the students creativity. If students were forbidden in terms of using the internet access, then they might be encouraged to think out of the box and dedicate themselves to thinking of the questions proposed by the professor, triggeringmore innovative ideas and enhancing their renovation of ideas in the field they study.However, people with such argument are short-sighted. Just because of allowing them access to internet does not mean their creativity could be impeded. This is mainly due to thefact that database on the internet might function as fantastic ways of expanding their creativity. For example, in the medical school, it is having access to internet that allows students, when losing ideas in responding appropriately to the professors’ question about the therapies of a disease, as well as their benefits and drawbacks, to do research and figure out more solutions to the same diseases, thus generating potentials to new ideas and being open-minded. This of course enhances their skills of being innovative, especially in terms of the content and methods of thinking creatively
In conclusion, any thing that encourage the use of internet-based equipment could benefit the college students in terms of learning efficiency and creativity and not prohibiting them to have internet access during the lectures benefits individuals. I wish that professors would be open to the use of internet access and allow the students to make these benefits more achievable.