In Class Tech

Laptop use in class

There is a fair bit of evidence using laptops and other devices in class has negative influence on student performance, or at least that it’s not positive unless a class is specifically designed to include it. While the University doesn’t have a policy to discourage device use, you might want to discourage it personally in your class. To make it easier and more seamless, here is an info slide you might want to include at the beginning of your lecture slides:

Remember that some students will have disabilities or particular circumstances where using a device in class really is helpful and good for them – something that might be worth mentioning should you decide to make general recommendations.

Top Hat

Top Hat is a student response system available to staff and students at the University.

These systems usually work as follows:

  1. Lecturer asks a question.
  2. Students respond via phone/tablet/laptop.
  3. Results appear on the screen.

Top Hat offers considerable benefits to the free services available online:

  • Wide range of question types
  • Students can participate by internet-enabled devices or SMS
  • Discussion feature allows students to submit questions during the lecture, and vote up popular questions
  • Questions can be set for homework
  • Responses can be tracked and analysed after class

University information about Top Hat

Read about how in-class voting is used in the School of Physics and Astronomy