Developing successful student – professor interactions can be a very challenging aspect of teaching at the university level. Getting students to ask questions and engage in a class is very hard, especially in large introductory courses. One professor tried to combat this problem using a radical strategy, banning students from emailing her unless they were setting up a time to meet in person. The crazy part is that the strategy seems to have worked. She reports developing better interactions with her students, who actually evaluated her as being more accessible than in previous semesters without such email bans.
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What do you think? Would you ban students from emailing you questions about the course? Do you think students would accept and support such as strategy? Would you prefer students to phone you with questions, rather than email?