[enacted]... it's a whole new dimension." Another added: "When we were talking about stuffin class, we were able to connect [to the Web] right there, to do it in class." The English students' highest praise was for using e-mail to communicate with each other and with their professors. The course required students to review and comment on each others' papers, and e-mail allowed them to do that without traipsing across campus. Discussion groups apparently lasted into the wee hours."There are always a couple of people still up," one student said. Another, who is on the swim team, said the sport required her to miss a lot of classes. "I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't e-mail teachers," she said."They'd probably just think I wasn't interested." The focus groups had some practical, low-tech complaints. "The logistics of car- rying around a $2,000 piece of equipment is kind of nerve-racking at times;' said one English student."It's the last class of the day, so I have to lug it around all day. Still, that's a pretty minor concern, because when I'm here I have the [computer's] capabilities." Some students found their laptops took up valuable class time. The calculus students were nearly unanimous in support of a suggestion that the course be expanded from three credit hours to four to make more class time for computer-related issues. Some English students expressed similar concerns. "It seems like we spend 50 percent of our time dealing with the technology as opposed to dealing with English;' said one student. "I feel like we're not getting 100 percent of the English." Added another:"Sometimes we wait 10 minutes while people are turning on their laptops." And another: "We spend a lot of time dealing with the technology. I don't know ifthat's the best use of English class." In chemistry, another student said, "It's easy to lose sight of the concepts and just get lost in computerland." Web-surfing and e-mail can be an alternative in-class distraction to The Daily Tar Heel crossword puzzle. Even when working on assignments, an English stu- dent said, "You'll see a new feature, or something. It leads to detours." There also were the inevitable cyber-frustrations:
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