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Lecturer bans Google and Wikipedia from classroom

Professor Tara Brabazon from the University at Brighton had enough of "copy-and-paste" type essays and announced a ban on the usage of Google and Wikipedia in her classroom.

Professor Tara Brabazon from the University at Brighton had enough of "copy-and-paste" type essays and announced a ban on the usage of Google and Wikipedia in her classroom.

An excerpt from SearchEngineLand:

She said using Google and Wikipedia doesn't encourage students to use their "own brains" enough. She added:

I want students to sit down and read. It's not the same when you read it online. I want them to experience the pages and the print as much as the digitization and the pixels. Both are fine, but I want them to have both, not one or the other, not a cheap solution.

Also, she will be giving a lecture on 16th of this month titled, "Google Is White Bread For The Mind."

The point she raises is relevant, because Google is becoming a substitute for genuine research. However, students do gain a lot from perusing that information itself.

Of course, students have to be made aware that just having information available at the click of a mouse does not qualify it as genuine. The zero barrier to information creation on the Web does call for greater introspection from the side of the researcher.

A blanket ban does not really help assert the real message. Google is but a messenger, and several alternatives exist (Yahoo, Ask, Mahalo, Cha-cha, Wisenut, Live, and many more).

How can we drive down the message of greater research more constructively?

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