Technology: cell phones, computers, and other devices
Cell phones, computers, and other devices can often be useful tools to enhance your learning, and we will regularly be using some of these devices in class.
That said, a study by Duncan, Hoekstra, and Wilcox (2012) demonstrated that students who reported regular cell phone use in class showed an average negative grade difference of 0.36 ± 0.08 on a four-point scale. Students also underestimated the number of times they accessed their phones while in class. While students reported an average access rate of three times per class period, observation data showed the rate was closer to seven times per period. An interesting finding is that other students are distracted when students text in class (Tindell and Bohlander, 2012). So while students may claim they are only hurting themselves when texting, studies show that others are affected also.
Bottom line: Use caution!
As an academic community devoted to the discovery and dissemination of ideas, Muhlenberg College expects that all students will conduct themselves honestly in all academic activities. The College’s Academic Integrity Code (AIC) safeguards students’ ownership of their intellectual exploration, discovery, and creativity. Violations of the code break this trust, and will be fully prosecuted.
The AIC is detailed at http://muhlenberg.edu/main/aboutus/dean-academic/integrity .
Students with disabilities or special needs who require accommodations for this course must submit to the professor appropriate documentation from Academic Support Services, the Counseling Center, or Student Health Services. Please do so as early as possible in the semester so that we may discuss how best to meet your needs and implement the recommended accommodations.
Course Unit Instruction
This class is scheduled to meet for 3 hours per week. Additional instructional activities for the course include viewing films outside class time, participation in electronic discussion boards, journals or wikis, and attendance at specified College lectures and events distributed across the semester. These activities will add an additional 14 hours of instruction. Please note that it is expected that you will devote an additional 2-3 hours per course hour to preparatory work outside of class.