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Is Permitting Student Use of Laptops in Class a Good Idea? 'It Depends' - A Variety of Approaches is Best

5 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2010 Last revised: 14 Dec 2012

Lynn McLain

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: February 17, 2009

Abstract

This brief paper describes this writer's observations regarding the use of laptop PC's by law students in her classes. This professor decided to set some conditions on the use and non-use of laptops to test the waters, and to see if some conclusions could be drawn as to whether students' use of this technology helps or hinders the learning process. This paper describes what was learned.

Keywords: Legal Education, Students, Laptop Computers, Laptop PC's, Note-Taking, Learning Process, Classroom Etiquette, Use Of Technology, Teaching Practice, Teaching Style, Law Schools

JEL Classification: K19, K39, I21, I29

Suggested Citation

McLain, Lynn, Is Permitting Student Use of Laptops in Class a Good Idea? 'It Depends' - A Variety of Approaches is Best (February 17, 2009). University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1636793 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1636793

Lynn McLain (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

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