The American Enterprise

Student power?(effect of internet on student teacher relationships)

Matthew Crawford, "The Computerized Academy," The New Atlantis, Summer 2005 (

The information revolution has changed academia. This change is evident not just in the omnipresence of laptops in the classroom or even in the way students do research. As writer and former think tank director Matthew Crawford notes, the Internet has had a more profound effect on the relationship between student and teacher than anyone imagined.

In addition to encouraging cut-and-paste scholarship, information technology gives students more power. Communications with professors by e-mail are less deferential and make professors more accessible to "various small demands, from requests for lecture notes after missing a class to arguments about a grade. …

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