“We’re faced with rapid increases in traffic demands in our biggest classrooms”
This is perfectly reasonable. No one needs to be watching TV shows during a lecture.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Purdue blocks Netflix, Hulu, and other sites from lecture halls
Gone are the days when you could stream an episode of “Game of Thrones” or “Better Call Saul” during a boring lecture at Purdue University.
In August, the Indiana-based university started restricting access to five streaming sites (Netflix, Hulu, Steam, Apple Updates, and iTunes) in four of its largest lecture halls to combat over-streaming. The action comes after administrators discovered that streaming sites were sucking up most of the bandwidth in these locations. Broadband costs have also recently doubled at the school.
During instructional hours, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., students in these areas are blocked from these sites and have to step out of class to stream. If the program shows positive results, the university plans to expand it to other instructional spaces on campus.
Professors reportedly appreciate the increased speed and bandwidth – plus the satisfaction of knowing that it’s more difficult for their students to tune them out.
“We’re faced with rapid increases in traffic demands in our biggest classrooms,” said Gerry McCartney, executive vice president and chief information officer at Purdue. “These are rooms holding typically hundreds of students, and they’re coming into class with multiple devices. When we look to see the sites those devices are going to, there are some sites without academic connection.”
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