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Research paper on laptops in class and the authors’ FAQ

Laptops hinder classroom learning for both users and nearby peers

Faria Sana, Tina Weston, and Melody Wiseheart*


Full paper

General Abstract: Laptops are commonly found in university classrooms. Thus, students will inevitably use laptop applications, such as games and social networking, during class time. To investigate whether multitasking on a laptop impedes in-class learning, we conducted two experiments in a simulated university lecture setting. We found that students who multitasked on a laptop during a lecture scored lower on a test compared to students who did not multitask, and students who were in direct view of a multitasking peer scored lower on a test compared to students who were not in view of a multitasking peer. The results suggest that multitasking on a laptop is a distraction to both users and fellow students and can be detrimental to learning of classroom materials.
*formerly Nicholas J Cepeda