Are my students texting in class?

Dr. Duped Asked:

When I started teaching at the university level for the very first time this year, I naively granted permission for my students to use their phones in class as note-taking devices. I don’t think my students are taking notes. I think they are texting! What should I do?

~ Dr. Duped from the town so nice they named it twice.

Advisor Jen answers:

I would begin my next class by expounding on the virtues of our modern technical age, and then announce “today’s lecture will be delivered in short sound bytes that can be easily converted to text messages so that your associates can participate in the class from a distance”. Then I would dumb-down my lecture, and insert the word ‘like’ into your presentation at every opportunity.


  1. ๐Ÿ™‚ :d ๐Ÿ˜‰ =) =d :* =* :$ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ =o :^) :p =p :# =#

  2. Thanks Jen and Ming,

    Any thoughts on how I might teach complex philosophical constructs in “short sound bytes”?

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