Total ban on 350 smartphones at Business Academy Aarhus

Business Academy Aarhus is aiming for higher marks and a better social life after the new students’ mobile phones have been banned from classrooms.

The Students’ concentration must be drawn away from Facebook so that they can start focusing on their studies. A research project at Business Academy Aarhus has concluded that this leads to higher marks.

350 new marketing management students at Business Academy Aarhus were told on their first day to keep their phones out of sight.

Better marks

For the past two years, Business Academy Aarhus has run a small trial with so-called ‘no device’ classes, and we have had positive feedback, says lecturer Uffe Thomsen.

‘The students are far more motivated to learn and pay attention in classes when their mobile phones are not right front of them. The students described it as a stress factor that has been removed.’

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Uffe Thomsen believes that it is part of the Academy’s responsibility to give the students a digital education.

‘We must teach students when it’s ok to have a mobile phone in front of you, when it is interfering and when it can be used for something good.’

2nd year students: we actually spoke to each other

Annsofie Skov Søndergård is one of the students who has done without her phone in the classroom. She was also sceptical when she was asked to put her phone away on her first day of classes.

‘Initially, we all thought it was ridiculous.  We are adults, and we can manage our own phone habits.  But today I can see that we actually couldn’t!’ says Annsofie Skov Søndergård to the broadcaster DR.

Business Academy Aarhus expects the ban on mobile phones to provide a better social life for the students. At the same time, they get more out of their teaching and thus higher marks.

So says the Head of Programme, Pernille Hallum Lykkegaard.

‘In general, I am not in favour of making a lot of rules. But when it makes sense, as we truly believe this does, we can suggest some guidelines and make people aware of them.’