Cell Phone Policies and Power Sharing

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Teachers do have power, but it’s not absolute—as witnessed by students’ ongoing, widespread use of cell phones during class and online instruction. While policies abound, enforcement has proven difficult. True, faculty can prevent most students from using their phones, but as Karlin (2021) points out, “the price of compliance is high,” and that price often includes less learning in the course.

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