From the local newspaper The Argus comes this story entitled Lecturer Bans Students From Using Google And Wikipedia. Professor Tara Brabazon from the University of Brighton has banned students from using Google and the Wikipedia and said "said too many young people around the world were taking the easy option when asked to do research and simply repeating the first things they found on internet searches." She then continued "Too many students don't use their own brains enough. We need to bring back the important values of research and analysis."
Yes, well. What' really funny is that she then says "I give them a reading list to work from and expect them to cite a good number of them in any work they produce." 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?
She goes on to say "I want them to experience the pages and the print as much as the digitisation and the pixels." In God's name WHY? A student wants and needs good, high quality information, and it doesn't matter that much where it comes from. Just because it's written on paper doesn't make it right or better, in the same way that seeing it on a computer screen doesn't either! To assume this is, quite frankly a bit worrying, and I'm cringing; there is NO WAY that I would want this person teaching me.