Instructors are often concerned about the potential for electronic devices to cause disruptions in class.
According to the The University of Minnesota policy statement on student responsibilities, “Instructors determine if personal electronic devices (such as cell phones and laptops) are allowed in the classroom. ”
It is important that instructors establish and clearly communicate guidelines for using iPads and other devices in class.
The following sample language options reflect a range of allowances for the use of electronic devices during class:
- Limited to in-class activities
- Use of your electronic device is limited to in-class activities. It is expected that it will not be in use unless it is being used for a specific in-class activity. Using your device to reply to emails, manage your calendar, surf the web, play games, etc., are considered inappropriate uses during class. If you are using your electronic for uses other than those specified in class, you will be asked to discontinue its use.
- Used primarily (but not exclusively) for in-class activities
- Use of your electronic device is limited to in-class activities and other tasks that directly support your academic success, such as note taking and gathering relevant information. It is your responsibility to get the information you need in this course and your electronic device use during class should reflect this. Use of the device for email should be limited to important communications that require a timely response. Excessive emailing is prohibited, as is playing games, surfing the web, managing your calendar, etc.
- No restriction
- Use of your electronic device during class is not restricted. It is your responsibility to get the information you need in this course and your electronic device use during class should reflect this. Be respectful of others in the class. If your device use becomes distracting you will be asked to discontinue its use.
Since not all students in a class will have an iPad (even if they do, they may forget to bring it to class on any given day), instructors find it works best to have students work in small groups on assignments that require an iPad (or other device). This ensures that everyone in the class can complete the assignment.
Disability Resource Center at the University of Minnesota offers an Accessible U resource.
Accessibility information is also available from Apple.
For more information on disability services and accommodation options at the U of M, explore resources on the Disability Resource Center website or contact Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-626-1333.