Professors’ office hours are just one of the university mainstays going the way of the chalkboard as technology rewrites the rules of classroom communication, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. Just before midnight, an eMail popped into Robert Morris University professor Chris Davis’ eMail box. It was from a student. When the student did not receive an immediate reply, another eMail arrived 30 minutes later. By the time Davis logged on the following morning, he had four eMails from this student. "A lot of our younger students using technology are used to that instant gratification when they reach out and ping somebody," Davis said. "But I tell students I’m not available 24 hours a day." Students and faculty have differing ideas of what is normal and which is the preferred mode of communication, said Brian Butler, professor of business administration at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. Because of rapidly changing technology, even when professors use eMail, some undergraduates might use text messaging as their main form of communication and check their inboxes infrequently, he said. Butler said he sees this discrepancy less at the graduate level, where many students are closer in "technological age" to their professors and are experienced with communication norms from their time in the business world, such as appropriate time frames in which to answer eMail…

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