University Diaries
A professor of English describes American university life.
Aim: To change things.
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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Sounds Like Ms. V's Problem.

'This school year, the University of Michigan Law School became the latest graduate school to block wireless Internet access to students in class, joining law schools at UCLA and the University of Virginia.

The problem professors face is "continuous partial attention," an expression coined by Linda Stone, a former Microsoft executive, to describe how people check e-mail and try to listen to someone at the same time.'


---usa today---