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Thursday, December 05, 2019

Another study shows handwriting > computers

New in the Journal of Legal Education, from Colleen Murphy and Christopher Ryan, Jr. of Roger Williams Law and Yajni Warnapala of the Roger Williams Mathematics Department. The study looks at performance in required 2L Con Law and Evidence courses at Roger Williams. It also contains a piece from Murphy's 1L Civ Pro class, showing that students who were given the option of using a laptop but were shown a memo describing the studies comparing handwriting with computer notetaking were more likely to elect not to use computers.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on December 5, 2019 at 06:45 PM in Article Spotlight, Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink


Another study showing aggregate student outcomes that doesn't break out results for students with disabilities. Indeed, the study mentions the word disability once, in a footnote citing an article that explains how laptop bans (a classroom policy professors consider because of research like this) are needless barrier to academic performance for some students: http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/sites/colker2/files/2018/01/ColkerUniversalDesign.pdf

A fantastic take-away from this study - the positive learning outcomes were the result of student choice regarding their notetaking method, not a professor-imposed ban on computers/laptops/tablets/keyboards. You can nudge students to handwritten notes who are likely to benefit from it by talking about it with them and sharing the research with them, without having to resort to technology bans in the classroom that needlessly frustrate learning for some students or sitgmatize students who require accommodations.

Posted by: Kevin Lapp | Dec 6, 2019 11:46:39 AM


Posted by: thegreatdisappointment | Dec 6, 2019 2:59:44 AM

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