September 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Political Science Research Colloquium | Elliott-Dorans Discusses Laptops in the Classroom, Sept. 25

Dr. Lauren Elliott-Dorans, photo taken outside.

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Dr. Lauren Elliott-Dorans, Assistant Lecturer in Political Science, presents her research on laptop policies in the classroom at the first meeting of the Political Science Research Colloquium for 2017-18.

Her talk, “To Ban or Not to Ban? The Influence of Permissive vs. Restrictive Laptop Policies on Student Outcomes and Teaching Evaluations,” takes place on Monday, Sept. 25, from 11:50 a.m to 12:50 p.m. in Bentley Annex 202.

Elliott-Dorans’ work focuses the effects of banning laptops in the classroom through a year-long experiment in four of her large lecture-based Introduction to U.S. Politics class. Overall, she finds that the technology policy fails to increase student performance in the class. However, the policy does not significantly affect student evaluations of the instructor or course.

Faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students who are interested in teaching Political Science, pedagogy and technology, and/or experimental methods are encouraged to attend.

Elliott-Dorans joined the Political Science Department as Assistant Lecturer in fall 2016 after completing a Ph.D. in Political Science at Ohio State University. Prior to her doctoral work, she attended Ohio University, receiving a B.A. in Psychology in 2008 and an M.A. in Political Science in 2009.

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