Laptops in Class are the New Second-Hand Smoke

Paul A. Kirschner, 3-Star Learning Experiences, Jan 09, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Paul Kirschner's schtick is promoting the idea of compkete focus on learning with no distractions (which he believes cause extraneous cognitive load). Hence the reasoning behind this misplaced analogy: "Disrupting one’s own learning is an individual choice; harming the learning of other students in the class is disrespectful. Laptop distractions due to movement of images and laptop screen lighting and multitasking activities may cause involuntary shifts of attention among students in close proximity to laptop users." I'm thinking we should also ban loud clothing, shifting and fidgeting in your seats, air-conditioning turning off and on, windows, and clocks. Especially clocks.

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