A couple of days ago, sitting in a paper presentation class at University of Waterloo, I realized that most students print and bring papers that are being presented to the class. Then I started to think if it is reasonable to bring printed papers to the class or not and started observing the process and asking people questions about it. Some of the results I found are as follows:
- Many students have their laptops with them in the class, some of them turned on. (It is the school of computer science)
- Some students bring highlighted printed papers to the class just to show off their work to the professor. They said the bigger the pile of your papers, the better the professor would think you worked on it.
- Most people throw the highlighted papers away after a short period of time.
- In some classes, some students don’t even need to look at the paper during the entire session.
Considering the important green concerns globally, do you think it is a good idea to throw about 2,400 sheets of paper out for each paper presentation class during a semester while you have the option of reading it off your laptop in the class? I don’t think so!