Should we "now" assume that all students will use their smartphone to access "the class"

Discussion created by JAMES SHELDON on Feb 26, 2018
Latest reply on Aug 31, 2018 by Eric Chatterjee

This has been wandering around in the back of my mind because of the threads about the physical process of uploading pictures, etc.


A decade ago the head of my apartment was adamant in a college wide discussion about "how much should we require students to do "online"?


His position was that "not all students have access to a computer and therefore we should not require the use of a computer even if the college had multiple kiosks available".


And that view held the field until the last year or so.


"Kiosks" kind of "dates" me. lol


Anyway..... last week I found out that if the student does "Pell Grant / FAFSA " etc. stuff by paper application that it will take a VERY long time for anything to get done at the state or federal level ( the college does it expeditiously ). 


So the college is now..... "assuming".... that all students will be on-line a regular amount of time, but I discovered this last week that at least a third of my seated class just do not "do" computers because I requested that they reply to an e-mail about "stuff" because we missed a day due to ice and it would behoove them to do this "stuff".


They had not even viewed the e-mail over a two day period.


So...........since "we" the eddication establishment ASSUMES that all people will be able to get onto a computer/laptop/tablet  "before the next meeting of a class"......


Should we NOW, or in the "near future",  ...assume......that all students will access an LMS through a smartphone?


yea or nay... and comments if desired.


I would post a yeah or nay poll but don't know how to do it.