Digital Distraction: Shedding Light on the 21st-Century College Classroom:

Published on Mar 1, 2018in Journal of Educational Technology Systems
· DOI :10.1177/0047239517736876
Lynn S. Aaron2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Rockland Community College),
Talia Lipton1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Rockland Community College)
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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