Cornell Faculty Explain Changes to In-Class Laptop Policies

Cornell faculty have begun cracking down on extraneous laptop use in class. While opinions on the benefits of laptop use in classrooms vary among faculty members, there has been a growing trend toward a more stringent regulation of the practice. Prof. Robert Thorne, physics, said he started experimenting with different laptop policies about four years ago. After implementing a strict no-laptop policy, Thorne ultimately settled on a more lenient arrangement where students with laptops are only allowed to sit in the back two rows. “I understand that students might have a paper due or have to meet some deadline but don’t want to miss lecture,” Thorne said.