College class requirements are boring. It’s not why you enrolled. But the university makes you take these classes so they can steamroll you for more $$. So many times when students are sitting in a class they are being forced to take, they get bored and browse the internet. That in itself isn’t news. What IS newsworthy is when a graduate-student instructor makes a list of all the embarrassing things she caught her students browsing on the internet. Then she posts that list for the entire class to see.
College Instructor Meg Veitch Doesn’t Have Time For Your BS
My GSIs recorded all the things they caught students doing in lecture over the semester ??? pic.twitter.com/nvvhYAMaa0
— Tahany (@TahanyAls) April 17, 2017
Having a hard time reading this list written by instructor Meg Veitch of the University of Michigan? I got you. Here’s a blown-up version.
Chinese rap videos has to be the best. Breeding dragons has to be the most intriguing. Was it actual dragons breeding? Was it some sci-fi movie? WE NEED MORE DETAILS MEG!
Here’s why Veitch made the list:
I am a student instructor for the class. There’s two of us for oceanography — it’s an introductory course — and the professor who runs it, Brian Arbic … really enjoys using exercises with the laptop, working with Google Maps, that sort of thing. So he doesn’t want to ban laptops in the class, but by the same token he doesn’t want students doing things that aren’t really taking notes or looking at the lectures on the laptop.
In particular, if you’re watching a video or playing a game, it’s not so much your distraction. It’s distracting to everyone behind you. He tells them at the beginning of the year, they’re not supposed to do this, and that the graduate-student instructors will take away the laptops if this happens. We’re not going to take away the laptops.
We’re supposed to tell them to knock it off when we see it. But both myself and the other graduate-student instructor found really quickly there’s a bunch of students we couldn’t reach in the middle. And I actually started keeping the list just because it would help to remind myself, at the end of class, there was someone I couldn’t get to in the middle that I needed to pull them aside and say, “Hey, you shouldn’t watching Planet Earth 2” in the middle of class.
Meg, if you are reading this, please answer my previous questions about the dragon.