ERIC Number: EJ784506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 0
In-Class Laptop Use and Its Effects on Student Learning
Fried, Carrie B.
Computers & Education, v50 n3 p906-914 Apr 2008
Recently, a debate has begun over whether in-class laptops aid or hinder learning. While some research demonstrates that laptops can be an important learning tool, anecdotal evidence suggests more and more faculty are banning laptops from their classrooms because of perceptions that they distract students and detract from learning. The current research examines the nature of in-class laptop use in a large lecture course and how that use is related to student learning. Students completed weekly surveys of attendance, laptop use, and aspects of the classroom environment. Results showed that students who used laptops in class spent considerable time multitasking and that the laptop use posed a significant distraction to both users and fellow students. Most importantly, the level of laptop use was negatively related to several measures of student learning, including self-reported understanding of course material and overall course performance. The practical implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Classroom Environment, College Students, Student Surveys, Computers, Academic Achievement, Attention, Time on Task, Student Behavior, Classroom Research
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