Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

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Shopping Period, officially called Course Selection Period, refers to the first ten days (roughly) of the semester wherein students “shop” for courses before finalizing their schedules. Instructors should consider flexible strategies when planning their courses to account for shifts and changes in student population and preparedness during this time.
The presence and use of electronic devices in the undergraduate classroom creates strong opinions as well as confusion among instructors. Policies vary as to allowing students to use mobile phones, tablets and/or laptops, and eBooks during class. These devices may hinder or support the learning environment, depending on course context and how classroom policies are written.