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ERIC Number: EJ1169708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2395
Digital Distraction: Shedding Light on the 21st-Century College Classroom
Aaron, Lynn S.; Lipton, Talia
Journal of Educational Technology Systems, v46 n3 p363-378 Mar 2018
It is not uncommon to walk into a college classroom and find all heads bowed down to a flashing screen and the room . . . silent. While digital devices can certainly support learning, what about when they are a distraction? This study explored this 21st-century phenomenon from two perspectives: Does the use of a device for nonacademic purposes during a learning activity interfere with learning? Does the classroom policy about digital device use play a role? A total of 351 college students from 20 classes participated in this study. Short-term retention was checked: A video on educationally relevant material was shown followed by a brief quiz on that material. The results are informative for both factors--multitasking and policy effectiveness.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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