Personal communication and computing devices (PCCDs) such as laptops, tablets, smart devices and mobile phones can be powerful allies in a teaching and learning environment. As much as they can be instrument for teaching and learning instruments, they can also be distracting if not tempered by good judgment. This guideline is intended to inform and encourage discussion around the appropriate use of PCCDs recognizing that: i) technology will continue to evolve, become more powerful and challenge our expectations, ii) PCCDs are an integral part of (student) life and iii) their prohibition is not feasible, nor desirable.
- Long established codes of conduct and professionalism, common rules of courtesy and etiquette always apply (with or without technology).
- Instructors are encouraged to address this as a classroom management issue and establish expectations for conduct during learning sessions.
- When not a required element of instruction in the classroom, at the bedside or otherwise, students and faculty alike are encouraged to set an example in their appropriate use.
- Instructors are encouraged to engage in discussions with peers and the College community about appropriate use in various learning situations.
- Include your expectations of appropriate use of PCCDs in the College syllabus and during orientation sessions in class.
- Where possible, instructors are encouraged to integrate the use of these devices into the student learning experience.