The Use and Abuse of Cell Phones and Text Messaging in the Classroom: A Survey of College Students.

Published on Jan 1, 2012in College Teaching
· DOI :10.1080/87567555.2011.604802
Deborah R. Tindell2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Wilkes University),
Robert W. Bohlander2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Wilkes University)
As the use of mobile devices, such as cell phones, has proliferated in academic settings in recent years, new challenges are faced by institutions of higher education and their faculties. The authors surveyed 269 college students from 21 academic majors at a small northeastern university to gain a better understanding of the frequency and manner in which cell phones are used in college classrooms. Focusing on the use of text messaging in the classroom, students reported on their own and others’ use of cell phones. It was found that 95% of students bring their phones to class every day, 92% use their phones to text message during class time, and 10% admit they have texted during an exam on at least one occasion. The majority of the students surveyed believe that instructors are largely unaware of the extent to which texting and other cell phone activities engage students in the classroom. These activities include browsing the Internet, sending pictures, or accessing social networking sites. The authors dis...
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Published on Jan 12, 2011in Journal of College Teaching & Learning
Kay H. Braguglia3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Hampton University)
Whether it is hand held, in a pocket, on a backpack, clipped to a belt, or hidden in a brief case or purse, college students and cellular telephones go together. Communication with fellow students, professors, parents, and everyone else is just a click away. While walking across campus and down the halls of academic buildings, cellular telephones are being used. This research questions in what ways do students use cellular telephones and does this use interfere with or assist in learning and col...
Published on Sep 1, 2010in College student journal
Shari M. Burns2
Estimated H-index: 2
Kevin Lohenry1
Estimated H-index: 1
Students equipped with the cell phones enter college classrooms daily. Realizing the impact of technology on fellow learners and faculty represents an area of concern. A pilot study was conducted to determine student and faculty perception regarding cellular phone use in the classroom. A quantitative descriptive study examined the perception of faculty and students' use of cell phones during class time. A convenience sample was comprised of graduate students and faculty in health sciences and on...
Published on Jan 1, 2010in Teaching of Psychology0.98
Christian M. End9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Xavier University),
Shaye S. Worthman3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Xavier University)
+ 1 AuthorsKatharina Wetterau1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Xavier University)
College students participated in a study on the “psychology of note taking” during which they took notes on video content and later completed a multiple-choice test on the material. Researchers assigned 71 participants to either the ringing condition (the video was disrupted by a ringing cell phone) or the control condition (no cell phone rings disrupted the video). The hypothesis that the cell phone rings would impair performance was confirmed. Compared to the control group, participants in the...
Published on Dec 17, 2009in College Teaching
Wendy L. Bjorklund2
Estimated H-index: 2
(SCSU: St. Cloud State University),
Diana L. Rehling2
Estimated H-index: 2
(SCSU: St. Cloud State University)
Classroom incivility is a major concern in higher education today. Yet little study has been done of student perceptions of behavior in the classroom. Based on a survey of 3,616 students at a Midwestern public university, the present study provides useful information to faculty members and administrators about the behaviors students find most uncivil and how frequently they are experiencing these behaviors. In general, it appears that students are experiencing a fair amount of at least moderatel...
Published on Apr 1, 2009in Communications of The ACM5.41
Eusebio Scornavacca14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Victoria University of Wellington),
Sid L. Huff32
Estimated H-index: 32
(Victoria University of Wellington),
Stephen Marshall17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Victoria University of Wellington)
An elongate cylindrical column body has a flange at an open end and an annular extension extending beyond the flange in a direction of the length of the column body. The cover has a seal ring fitted therein for supporting a partition member. The seal ring is sized and shaped so that when the cover is placed on the open end of the column body, the seal ring and a guide face defined by the annular extension sealingly overlap one another by a predetermined length. Bolts passing through the flanges ...
Published on Jan 1, 2008in Journal of Economic Education0.65
Stephen L. Cheung7
Estimated H-index: 7
(USYD: University of Sydney)
A major challenge in conducting classroom experiments for larger classes is the complexity of assembling responses and reporting feedback to students. The author demonstrates how mobile phone text messaging can be used to overcome the limitations of pencil-and-paper experiments without incurring the costs of full computerization. Students submit responses as text messages, which are downloaded into a spreadsheet for automated analysis and feedback by return messaging. Examples are presented of e...
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Published on Jan 1, 2020
Tarik Kisla3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Ege University),
Bahar Karaoglan5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Ege University)
Published on Nov 1, 2019in Computers in Education
Inyeop Kim3
Estimated H-index: 3
Rihun Kim1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 5 AuthorsUichin Lee38
Estimated H-index: 38
Abstract Smartphone usage is widespread in college classrooms, but there is a lack of measurement studies. We conducted a 14-week measurement study in the wild with 84 first-year college students in Korea. We developed a data collection and processing tool for usage logging, mobility tracking, class evaluation, and class attendance detection. Using this dataset, we quantify students' smartphone usage patterns in the classrooms, ranging from simple use duration and frequency to temporal rhythms a...
Published on Oct 1, 2019in Teaching of Psychology0.98
Brandon L. Whittington (Jefferson College)
Although cell phones are often discussed as a problem in higher education research, the literature focuses largely on disciplinary tactics or integration of phones into the curriculum. The present ...
Published on Jan 3, 2019in The Journal of Education for Business
Kathryn Hall-Newton (RyeU: Ryerson University), Janice Rudkowski (RyeU: Ryerson University)+ 2 AuthorsPolina Ratnichkina (RyeU: Ryerson University)
AbstractThe authors explored undergraduate business students’ feelings and thoughts about themselves, other students, and their professors when mobile devices are used in the lecture hall for nonac...
David C. Caverly13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Texas State University),
Emily Miller Payne1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Texas State University)
+ 3 AuthorsDaniel West (Texas State University)
Abstract Background Smartphones are the most popular and intriguing technological gadgets that have changed the face of communication and laid an irreversible impact on psychosocial behavior of consumers. A large number of undergraduate nursing students own smartphones and use it effectively for means of communication and acquiring information. Objective This study was designed to evaluate the practice of smartphone use in undergraduate nursing students for educational purposes. Method A cross-s...
Xiao Hu14
Estimated H-index: 14
(HKU: University of Hong Kong),
Jeremy Ng (HKU: University of Hong Kong)+ 1 AuthorsSamuel K. W. Chu (HKU: University of Hong Kong)
ABSTRACTThis article reports findings from a study that aims to understand how to integrate mobile-learning into Learning Management System (LMS) in a community college in Hong Kong. In this study,...
Published on Jul 10, 2019in Active Learning in Higher Education2.29
Zahra Vahedi2
Estimated H-index: 2
(RyeU: Ryerson University),
Lesley Zannella (RyeU: Ryerson University), Stephen C. Want11
Estimated H-index: 11
(RyeU: Ryerson University)
Research has frequently found that students use their information and communication technologies—such as smartphones and laptops—for non-academic uses in the classroom. These uses include sending m...