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Laptop use

The use of laptops during the tutorials at Law has led to very few complaints from tutors. An evaluation at the Faculty of Law has shown that tutors are reasonably neutral to positive about these devices.

The use of laptops is allowed during most of the blocks. Students find it handy, especially when taking and ordering their notes and because of the immediate access to information on the Internet. The latter may promote a new discussion in the tutorial groups. “There is no need to search through all your papers” and “it saves printing and therefore paper as well” are some of the arguments in favour. Tutors do feel it is a pity that students sometimes literally and figuratively hide behind their laptops, thus separating themselves from the group. They also feel it is difficult to check what a student is doing. This may well be something other than the subject matter dealt with at that moment.

Students expressed varying opinions, ranging from handy to irritating. Laptop users would only copy remarks made by others and not participate themselves. Keyboard clicks also caused irritation and the screen was distracting.


Wendy Degens



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