Netflix and other mainstream streaming platforms will no longer be accessible at Purdue University.
For the first 10 weeks of the upcoming autumn term, Purdue University’s officials are blocking the streaming services which the University deems as of little relevance or not academically useful in the classrooms at all.
These platforms include popular ones such as Netflix, Apple, Steam, Hulu, and iTunes. The pilot program will affect four of the university’s largest lecture auditoriums.
At the onset of the spring 2018 term, the educational institution’s president, Mitchell Daniels, Jr., hinted on the university faculty that this program was going to be executed.
Furthermore, this prohibition will enable the university to examine whether the measure will provide the faculty and the student’s reliable connections for educational websites through the wireless service of the West Lafayette campus, the Purdue Air Link.
Warning notices such as one stating, “In Progress: Pilot Study,” have been plastered at the doors of the classrooms around the university regarding the shutting off of accessibility to several streaming services.
Julie Kercher-Updike, the deputy chief information officer of Purdue, said that she was expecting protests against the university’s campaign.
Nevertheless, she observed that, at this point, there had not been any complaints or predicaments from faculty and students objecting that the blocking of the streaming services was a negative operation.
Purdue sophomore student, Nathan Beckman, said that he would have Microsoft Word open during class time as well as an Internet connection just in case he needed to check regarding an important topic.
Since he needed to concentrate on the lectures, Beckman said that he is not logging into the streaming sites like Netflix, which he said he could do at the dormitory instead.
Mark Sonstein, who serves as executive director of the IT infrastructure services of Purdue, pointed out that the university certainly desires to implement the program through the fall term when students would like to do something else rather than pay attention to their classes.
Speaking on behalf of the Indiana-based university, Sonstein remarked that Purdue certainly hopes the students would focus on the classroom lectures and neither think about missing a gaming experience nor watch a Netflix movie.