Universal Design: Stop Banning Laptops!
11 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2018
Date Written: December 4, 2017
Banning laptops in the classroom constitutes a needless barrier to academic performance that is increasingly common at the university level. In this article, I review the existing literature that is cited to support laptop bans and show how that literature does not, in fact, support such a ban. Further, I report a modest empirical study that reflects that students who use laptops in a large lecture class do as well as students who do not use laptops so long as Internet use of the laptop is clearly and effectively banned. The article concludes that a permissive laptop policy should be on the list of Universal Design features that supports effective learning for all students.
Keywords: education, universal design, laptop use, disability
JEL Classification: K
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