[LINK] Outrage as University of Newcastle to track student attendance using mobile phones - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Liddy Nevile liddy at sunriseresearch.org
Thu Feb 6 08:00:19 AEDT 2020

MIT chose a different way to use the technology. Are they smarter than us?

As I understand it, the following happened:

Quite deliberately, ages ago, they said that within 5 years, all lecturing notes etc had to be published for free online. This was done with the aim of getting staff to check the quality of their notes and revise them where necessary - as apparently happened. They introduced tech into classrooms so that students could interrupt faculty presentations if they had questions, didn’t understand what was being said, etc

MIT told staff that they had to publish their academic papers into the public domain or they would not count for credits on cvs etc. . 

The goal of the changes was to put the emphasis on teaching - informing was not considered teaching and students would only want to attend lectures/classes if they would get something they could not get from the course notes.


> On 5 Feb 2020, at 10:30 pm, Karl Auer e<kauer at biplane.com.au> wrote:
> On Wed, 2020-02-05 at 08:50 +1100, Tom Worthington wrote:
>> Students can receive educational materials on their phone, work with 
>> other students and do a quiz on a phone, which is more useful than 
>> checking if they are on campus.
> My own experience appears to still be the current experience according
> to several younger relatives now at University. Many "lecturers" read
> their presentations word for word. They add no value at all. The only
> change in three decades is that they are now presentation slides
> instead of overhead projections and that the audio can be downloaded
> instead of having to be checked out on cassette tapes :-)
> IMHO such lecturers should be sacked as teaching staff.
> As for penalising students who don't want to waste their time attending
> such lectures when they can just get the slide pack and read it in a
> quarter of the time - !
> Regards, K.
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