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3.I can’t force you to pay attention. However, if I say something in class and you’re not listening because you’re on Facebook, that doesn’t exempt you from taking in this piece of information.4.I would absolutely recommend that if you want to zone out for a while, you draw, knit, make beaded jewelry, or plot the downfall of human civilisation via machine revolution. If you bring an easel to class and paint for three hours, I won’t object. I would recommend almost any (quiet) activity above surfing the Internet.5.If you absolutely must use your computer to take notes, I am asking you please not to goonline and ignore the lecture for three hours. I realise this is difficult, but I can’t reteach you the class material because Instagram is more exciting than this class.6.If you’re distracting anyone, obviously not paying attention, or sitting with your eyes glued to your screen while I am attempting to catch your attention and ask you a question, you will be asked to put the laptop away.7.The same thing goes for tablets used to view the course readings. If you’re just looking atthe readings, fine. If not, please stop. Tablets, incidentally, may be used onlyto display readings, notfor note-taking (unless you are marking up the readings themselves). Tablets must be put away unless we are specifically working with the readings in class.8.If I ask you to put your device away, whether because we are about to do some group work without electronics or because you are disrupting those around you, please complywithout question. Students who claim to be “shutting down” their machines for three or four minutes after a request are disrupting the class, and if they continue with this behaviour, they will be asked to leave. If you use your laptop or tablet for Loki-like mischief rather than note-taking too often, you will be asked to leave it at home or in your bag for the rest of the term.9.People using devices, especially those who never take their eyes from their screens for any reason, are more likely to be called on without raising their hands. Again, you will beexpected to be paying attention.10.No phones. No exceptions. This is an English department policy. There is no conceivable reason you should need a phone in class. Please put the phone away. If you can’t go an hour and a half without looking at your phone, please put it on the podium for the 12
duration of the class. No, I don’t buy the argument about a phone ban being more distracting than a phone free-for-all.11.All in-class assignments must be done by hand on paper. All homework assignments must be typed and handed in on paper. No, you will not receive credit if you just show me your laptop.That goes for the essay exchange as well. I am also not going to change my mind if you turn up on the day the assignment is due and smile at me winningly.