Does online access need to be reduced/banned in lectures?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sailor_coruscant/413534193/ Jeremy Littau is an assistant professor of journalism and communication at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania who focuses on media and technology. The topic became intensely personal when he noticed something interesting about the students in his classes. Those who brought laptops with them, purportedly for note-taking, seemed to be performing less well than students who did not. And not only were they distracted; so were their nearby classmates. "There's a halo effect, where people…

Publishing online is "rebellious"

Academics have been accused of failing to make use of new technology to improve research because they are "selfish" and bogged down in the peer review system. Speaking at a British Library debate, organised by Times Higher Education, academics and students agreed that researchers had not embraced new technology to share their data and findings. Addressing the question "What is the future of research?", Matthew Gamble, a PhD candidate in computer science at the University…

"Do you read a book a week?"

"If I spend more than an hour surfing on the internet, I find my thinking has changed, and with it, my concentration," says Nicholas Carr in The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (2010). "The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle." In July, Amazon announced that, for the first time, the sale of digital editions of books had overtaken the sale of hardbacks. But, Carr says, the…

Squeezing the Day Dry

" The average Briton spends almost half of their waking life using media and communications, data suggests. The statistics from regulator Ofcom suggest people in the UK spend seven hours a day watching TV, surfing the net and using their mobile phones. However, the average person actually squeezes in the equivalent of nearly nine hours of media and communications by multi-tasking on several devices." Quite a lot of us working late then...  See the full…

History Sucks Online

The plight of the "digital humanities" - the integration of technology into the humanities - was tackled in an unflinching speech at an international conference. Melissa Terras, senior lecturer in electronic communication at University College London, described her keynote speech at the Digital Humanities Conference last week as "necessarily negative", warning that, as a discipline, "our web presence ... sucks". Reciting a story about the corpse of UCL's spiritual father, Jeremy Bentham, being wheeled into…