IT Trends :: Thursday, May 11, 2006


When I Was In Law School

By Terry Calhoun

My own alma mater – Gasp! – the University of Michigan Law School (UMLS), has banned the Internet from its classrooms. Frankly, I cannot imagine a more short-sighted, action. (Well, I can, but I am keeping it to myself, just in case they decide to do that, too.)

If I were still in law school, I would be outraged. Instead, I am mildly amused. The U-M isn’t exactly a case study for ubiquitous wireless anyway. Until recently, in some areas of campus you could only get online if you were an affiliate of the particular program in the building, even if you were U-M staff, faculty, or student from elsewhere on campus. (Maybe that’s fixed now?)

The whole thing started at UMLS because a professor was questioning the slow reaction time and blank faces of students when he asked them questions. He investigated and was “stunned” (“stunned,” I tell you) that students were doing things like sending IMs, playing solitaire, and making online purchases while in class...

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