A lousy move by someone who does not understand technology and decides to go against it. The right approach is to engage students so they pay attention. But an even better thing to do is to move in and out of classroom (at least virtually) so that students learn not so much from lectures but from hands on experiences.
Yale art history professor Alexander Nemerov stumbled onto a way around student’s online multitasking. The new auditorium for his winter survey course, one of the most popular classes on campus, doesn’t have a Wifi signal.
Moving the class to the wireless-free room has meant that Nemorov had to cap the class enrollment at 270 students, down from the usual 450 students.