Interview with Derek Lackaff

L i think its one thing that from our perspective

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L: I think it’s one thing that from our perspective, from the faculty perspective, because there are so many distractions, I think that it’s easy for students for example when they’re in class or when they’re given an assignment, their first instinct is to go to the screen, right, to pull out the phone to look something up on Wikipedia or something. So I think it takes, you have to pay a bit more attention in explaining that’s there’s value in talking to each other in person and interacting and exploring ideas that way but I’m not opposed to having screens in the classroom. I don’t have a ban on laptops but in my classes, I do try to have students reflect a little bit on the ways that they’re using it and what the appropriate uses of technology in the classroom are. S: How do your students approach you if they ever have questions? L: I think students have always been a little nervous about approaching professors but yea, I definitely think [email] is the first point of contact for most students. Which says a couple of things right? If your first point of contact in an academic or semi-professional setting is email, there’s a little bit more pressure on writing, right? Because that’s how the student is making the impression on their professor. I know the thread that I try to address in a lot of my classes is when you’re reducing yourself to a few words in an email, what those words are and how they’re presented really matters. S: Overall, do you think now compared to before the introduction of internet that the spoken and written word are less prevalent or maybe written is more prevalent because of [internet]?
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  • Spring '13
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