A story from the Yale Daily News is getting a lot of attention because a professor has moved what is being described as “Yale’s hottest course” to an auditorium with no wifi service. People are obviously caught up in the debate about technology and its uses. But lost in the hubbub is the fact that an Art History survey course is being described as the most in-demand class:
Alexander Nemerov’s “Introduction to the History of Art: Renaissance to the Present” has nearly 500 shoppers on the Online Course Selection system (down from 584 earlier this week), but the course has been capped at 270 — the maximum number of students that the Yale Art Gallery auditorium can hold.
In past years, Nemerov taught the course in the much larger Yale Law School auditorium, which he estimated can fit around 450 students, and a cap on enrollment was never necessary in that space. But this year, Nemerov requested the use of the art gallery auditorium instead, he told the News.
He said the art gallery auditorium is a darker room, allowing students to see projected images of artwork more clearly. But even more importantly: the room has no Wifi.
Yale Caps Hottest Class on Campus (Yale Daily News)