Students encouraged to leave digital devices behind during lectures

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Students have been requested to leave their digital devices behind before entering a lecture for the Communication and Information Sciences programme at the Utrecht University. Critics believe that students will be able to memorize more material by writing with old fashioned pen and paper.

Lecturers at the Utrecht University also argue that students are frequently distracted during the lecture without paying enough attention to the valuable knowledge provided. Social media applications like Facebook and Twitter have been given the blame.

The suggestion comes at a time where screened devices are becoming evermore the trend in education. In Finland for example, preference will be given to actual typing rather than writing by hand from 2016 onwards.

On the contrary, scientific studies have proven that students are able to grasp material much more efficiently by taking notes instead of using digital devices.

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