Phil Bradley points to an interesting article entitled: Lecturer Bans Students From Using Google And Wikipedia. In the article a professor states that she doesn’t allow students to use Google or Wikipedia because she wants them to use their brains – but at the same time she provides a reading list and wants students to cite those resources – ummm – I have to agree with Phil on this:
I’m sorry, but how is that encouraging them to use their own brains? How is that encouraging them to research and analyse? Quite frankly the idea of an academic banning anything is pretty poor in my book, and from the report, she clearly has little grasp on the situation. Surely it would be far better to encourage students to compare resources, to work with them to actually gain this ability to research and analyse?
Why not require a combination of sources? By giving them a list you’re making their lives easier and not really encouraging the to learn how to research and “use their own brains.”