A Chicago TV station reports that at Oral Roberts U in Tulsa, freshpeeps are now required to wear Fitbits — those little devices that monitor activity levels, heart rates, and such. The school will collect the data, and the results will reportedly affect students’ grades.
Of course, ORU is a private institution, and may conduct its educational business as it sees fit. Still, this seems both remarkably intrusive and academically unsound. I’m envisioning grading sessions where profs say, “Well, there’s no visible thesis here, but his heart rate rose dramatically and he got his 10,000 steps in. B+.”
And as a professor, I really hope the rule isn’t applied to faculty and staff. I know I wouldn’t want to grade on a treadmill.