People’s attitudes about technology and disconnection have changed dramatically over the years, with varied implications for the “connection business” of higher education information technology.
Luke Fernandez is Asst. Prof. in the School of Computing at Weber State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Cornell University. He also is a software developer. His writing has appeared in a range of publications, including Educause Quarterly, Slate, Lapham's Quarterly, the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Washington Post. He is co-author of the book Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid: Changing Feelings About Technology From The Telegraph To Twitter (Harvard University Press, 2019).
Providing faculty with the option to limit or disable Wi-Fi during class sessions acknowledges the distractions that attend the technology and asserts the value of student engagement.
The Are Machines Making Us Stupid? course challenged students to explore technology's impact on their learning and their lives — and also taught the instructors a few lessons in the process.